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A Room with a View is a 1986 Merchant Ivory Productions' feature film, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The film was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant. The film is a close adaptation of E. M. Forster's novel of the same name (but for its unequivocally happy ending), and even uses his chapter titles to divide the film into sections.

It stars Helena Bonham Carter as a young woman in the restrictive Edwardian culture of turn-of-the century Englandmarker and her love for a free-spirited young man. Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands, Simon Callow, Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Rupert Graves round out the main cast.


Miss Lucy Honeychurch is on holiday in Italy with her cousin and chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett. Both Lucy and Charlotte are conventionally English in contrast with the more free-thinking and free-spirited backdrop of Italy. It is at a small pensione in Italy that Lucy meets elderly Mr. Emerson and his handsome son, George. These men, although also English, represent the forward-thinking ideals of the turn-of-the-century, seeking to leave behind the repression and caution that was the norm in Victorian times. At first, the two Emerson men seem strange and unfamiliar to Lucy and Charlotte. However, as Lucy begins her journey to maturity, she finds herself drawn to the men, especially the handsome George.

In an unguarded moment, George embraces and passionately kisses Lucy as she approaches him to ask a question in a rural barley field. The act is seen by Charlotte and quickly stopped. George's unrestrained passion shocks Lucy, but also lights a secret desire and romance in her heart.

Upon returning to England, Lucy forgets the incident. She accepts a marriage proposal from an uptight, but respectable and wealthy man named Cecil Vyse, assuming that she will never see George again. However, she soon learns that both George and his father have moved to her small village and will be her neighbours. The appearance of George soon disrupts her plans and forces her to make a choice.

After a while, the Emerson men decide that they do not fit in with the locals. They make plans to move to a more open-minded place. Lucy has already broken her ties to Cecil, and wants to travel for a while. She yearns to separate herself from the antics of her brother, Freddy, as well as the sweet-yet-tiresome older neighbors (including Charlotte and Lucy's own mother). Just as she is about to leave Windy Corner to set out on an independent adventure, she elopes with George to Florence.






  1. O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini) - Kiri Te Kanawa with London PO, conducted by Sir John Pritchard
  2. The Pensione Bertollini
  3. Lucy, Charlotte And Miss Lavish See The City
  4. In The Piazza Signoria
  5. The Embankment
  6. Phaeton And Persephone
  7. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (from La Rondine, Act One by Puccini) - Kiri Te Kanawa with London PO, conducted by Sir John Pritchard
  8. The Storm
  9. Home, And The Betrothal
  10. The Sacred Lake
  11. The Allan Sisters
  12. In The National Gallery
  13. Windy Corner
  14. Habanera
  15. The Broken Engagement
  16. Return To Florence
  17. End Titles

  • Music Composed by Richard Robbins
  • Soundtrack Album Produced by Simon Heyworth
  • Arrangements Frances Shaw & Barrie Gurad
  • Music Published by Filmtrax PLC

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