Howard's End (1992)

"Howards End is E.M. Forster's beautifully subtle story of the crisscrossing paths of the privileged and those they disdain--and of a remarkable pair of women who can see beyond class distinctions. Dramatic and tragic, but also surprisingly funny, this James Ivory film focuses on a pair of unmarried sisters (Emma Thompson, who won an Oscar, and Helena Bonham Carter) who befriend a poor young clerk (Samuel West) and, without meaning to, ruin his life. Meanwhile, Thompson also makes the acquaintance of a dying neighbor (Vanessa Redgrave), who leaves her a family home in her will--which her husband (Anthony Hopkins) destroys. But, ironically, he meets and falls in love with Thompson, even as their paths once more intersect with the increasingly miserable young clerk. Nuanced acting, gorgeous but muted cinematography, and a beautifully economical script by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, which also won an Oscar. "
[Amazon review by Marshall Fine]



































Trailer (with spoilers - basically gives away plot)

5 comments:

  1. Love this movie. Love this book. Must revisit both, as it has been far too long.

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  2. This comment is not about Howard's End, however, it is about period dramas. You have a great list of many English language period dramas but why not any Spanish or French or others? Of course there are not as many in those languages as in English but there are some that are quite remarkable.

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  3. One of my favorite movies! Everyone NEEDS to see this at least once.

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  4. It's been so long since I've seen this that I'm due to rewatch it!

    @estetyka,
    I have included a few non-English films along the way but since I'm an anglophone, those are the ones that I tend to mention!

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  5. Oh Howard's End, how I love thee! (I suppose I sound a bit like Ruth Wilcox, haha!) I watch this movie about once a month or so; it is a classic that, as ArchitectDesign said, everyone needs to see! :)

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