Book Vs Movie
A Room With a View
The E. M. Forster 1908 Novel Vs the 1985 “Merchant/ Ivory” Film
The Margos are closing out our “80s in August” with the James Ivory/Ismail Merchant film A Room With a View which is based on the 1908 novel by E.M. Forester. The book took a few years fro Forster to complete before his better-regarded works Howards End and A Passage to India but he felt it was “much nicer.”
The story centers on Lucy Honeychurch who comes from a strict English background and is traveling with her spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett when she meets exciting George Emerson in Florence, Italy. They share a moment of romance but she must return home to her drab Edwardian life with its social structure.
This means marrying Cecil Vyse, even though he’s dull and she doesn’t love him. George comes snack into her life by staying at a rental cottage nearby and the romance heats up again. But will George & Lucy take a chance on love even though her family doesn’t consider him an equal?
The 1985 movie stars Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy, Maggie Smith as Charlotte, Julian Sands as George, and Daniel Day-Lewis as Cecil. It made a fortune at the box office and won dozens of awards including an Academy Award for best-adapted screenplay.
This is one of those rare occasions that neither Margo has read the book or seen the film before recording this show. So between the two, which did we like better?
In this ep the Margos discuss:
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