A Room with a View Review


Helana Bonham Carter --- Lucy Honeychurch
Julian Sands --- George Emerson
Maggie Smith --- Charlotte Bartlett
Simon Callow --- Mr. Arthur Beebe
Judi Dench --- Eleanor Lavish
Denholm Elliott --- Mr. Emerson
Daniel Day Lewis --- Cecil Vyse
Rosemary Leach --- Mrs. Marian Honeychurch
Rupert Graves --- Freddy Honey Church

Based on the original novel of the same name, “A Room With A View” by E.M. Forster.

Director --- James Ivory

Assistant Director --- Kevan Barker

Screenplay --- Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Producers --- Ismail Merchant
Paul Bradley
Peter Marangoni

Original Music --- Richard Robbins

Cinematography --- Tony Pierce Roberts

Film Editing --- Humphrey Dixon

Casting --- Celestia Fox

Production Design --- Brian Ackland-Snow
Gianni Quaranta

Art Directors --- Elio Altramura
Brian Savegar

Costume Designers --- Jenny Beavan
John Bright


Our story begins in Florence, Italy, where two English women, Lucy Honeychurch and her spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett, are at a hotel full of other English tourists. They are displeased with their rooms, which don’t have a pleasant view from their windows, but a pair of unconventional fellow guests, Mr. Emerson and his son, George, offers to switch rooms with them. This sparks a whole discussion of what is proper and what is improper, a dialogue that continues throughout the movie. Eventually, the women take the Emersons’ offer, only after a visiting pastor, Mr. Beebe, convinces Charlotte that it’s okay.

The majority of the hotel guests are still unconvinced that the Emersons are socially acceptable, though. Lucy, who realizes early on that Mr. Emerson is actually just an old sweetie-pie who doesn’t play social games well (or refuses to), is saddened by the attitude of the other guests towards the quirky father-son duo. We see that she’s confused and not...