A Room with a View 1985
Faithfully adapted from E.M. Forster's 1908 lushly romantic novel contrasting Edwardian England's repressive upper-class with "improper" British free-spirits and unpretentious working-class Italians, A Room with a View (1985) was not the first Merchant-Ivory production (the company dates back to the early-1960s) but its unexpected international success established the company's esteemed reputation worldwide. Produced on a modest budget of about $3 million, the film caught the fancy of American viewers, grossing nearly $21 million in the United States alone and ultimately winning three of its eight Academy Award nominations.

The film begins in Florence, where young upper middle-class Lucy Honeychurch is touring with her irritating chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett. Among the other English tourists staying at their pensione are freethinking socialist Mr. Emerson and his son George, who are a rung or two down the social ladder from Lucy. When George's growing interest in Lucy leads to a stolen kiss, she flees in confusion. Back in England, she must wrestle with her inner romantic longings to choose between the passionate George and the priggish but socially suitable Cecil...

Director: James Ivory
Cast: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands
Country: UK
Genre: Drama, Romance

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:57:11 | 42.6 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

• "Thought and Passion" interviews with director James Ivory, cinematographer Tony Pierce-Roberts and costume-designer John Bright (21:22)
• "The Eternal Yes" interviews with Helena Bonham Carter, Simon Callow, and Julian Sands (36:22)
• Segment about Merchant Ivory Productions from a 1987 episode of NBC Nightly News (4:06)
• Trailer (2:23)

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