A ROOM WITH A VIEW (1985)

Dir. James Ivory

From the first notes of Giacomo Puccini's "O mio babbino caro," audiences knew they were in for an evening of enlightened entertainment. With Maggie Smith and Judi Dench's first scene as squabbling tourists, they discovered how much fun high culture could be. The success of this adaptation of E.M. Forster's tale of love crossing class barriers during an Italian vacation moved Merchant-Ivory productions out of the art houses and into the multiplex with their first international box office winner. The picture also introduced film audiences to Helena Bonham Carter as the romantic heiress, with Daniel Day-Lewis as her stodgy upper-class fiancé. When A ROOM WITH A VIEW opened in New York on the same day as My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), in which Day-Lewis plays a gay ex-skinhead, it heralded the arrival of a major new acting talent. Ivory would return to Forster's works for two more films, Maurice (1987) and the highly successful Howards End (1992).

In attendance: Julian Sands, Matt Tyrnauer.

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