“A Room with a View” is my favorite film. I first saw it in high school when it came out and loved it ever since. It is perfect. The acting, direction, production design, music, and a perfectly balanced story: drama, comedy and romance! What more could a girl want?
The high Edwardian collars and nipped waists with long flared skirts… See how great Judi Dench and Maggie Smith look, even as “women of a certain age,” in this era.
See Maggie Smith’s belt? Such a fantastic detail giving a clue to her character’s unfulfilled desire to live with more passion. Judi Dench on her left.
The lace laid shawl-like over the blouse is a beauty. Helena Bonham Carter.
Their eyes lock… It’s so romantic! Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands.
Lucy’s dressing gown is to die for. Imagine sewing all those lace panels?! The costumes and hair play up the contrast of these two personalities, young, independent, against, older, prim, constrained by society’s expectations. Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith.
Is this fantastic or what? And look at that waist! Helena Bonham Carter and Daniel Day-Lewis.
She looks so sweet with that gorgeous thick braid and jacket. Helena Bonham Carter.
This young lady’s image has always stayed with me. Her layered collar, full sleeves and beautifully rustic hair are magic. Isabella Cellani.
Her braid from the back is exquisite. Isabella Cellani.
The men look great too. Daniel Day-Lewis at his sourpuss best. Stiff collar, stiffer personality.
And what can I say about Julian Sands? Never looked finer than in this film. His comfortable bohemian, free-thinking fellow allows himself to say what he feels and go for love above all else.
Director James Ivory, and producer Ismail Merchant are in a class by themselves. Merchant Ivory films stand the test of time. Costume Designer, Jenny Beavan did a marvelous job with this one. So many great details to choose from, I had to narrow it down.
PLEASE DON’T REMAKE IT! Why mess with perfection?