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“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?

Maggie Smith Judi Dench A Room with a View

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.

Maggie Smith Judi Dench A Room with a View

See Maggie Smith’s belt? Such a fantastic detail giving a clue to her character’s unfulfilled desire to live with more passion.

Helena Bonham Carter A Room with a View

The lace laid shawl-like over the blouse is a beauty.

A Room with a View Helena Bonham Carter Julian Sands

Their eyes lock over a sea of wild grasses.

A Room with a View Helena Bonham Carter Maggie Smith

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.

A Room with a View Helena Bonham Carter Daniel Day-Lewis

Is this fantastic or what? And look at that waist!

A Room with a View Helena Bonham Carter braid

She looks so sweet with that gorgeous thick braid and jacket.

 Isabella Cellani A Room with a View

This young lady’s image has always stayed with me. Her layered collar, full sleeves and beautifully rustic hair are magic.

 Isabella Cellani A Room with a View

Her braid from the back is exquisite.

Daniel Day-Lewis A Room with a View

The men look great too. Daniel Day-Lewis at his sourpuss best. Stiff collar, stiffer personality.

A Room with a View Julian Sands suspenders

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. Love the braces (suspenders)!

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?

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