Most romantic film #23: A Room with a View (1984)

Florence. English countryside. Merchant-Ivory.

This is the first Merchant-Ivory film I remember seeing as such. Helena Bonham-Carter. Julian Sands. Daniel Day-Lewis. Maggie Smith. Judi Dench. Denholm Elliot. Rupert Graves. Simon Callow.

And the glorious scenery of Florence.

This is a wonderful Edwardian period film, with a lovely story and wonderful acting. The ensemble is marvelous, of course, and the central love triangle glorious. This is Bonham-Carter long before Harry Potter and The King’s Speech and Day-Lewis long before Mohicans.

And the music! Kiri Te Kanawa singing Puccini.


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