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.