One of Merchant Ivory’s undisputed masterpieces, this adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic 1910 novel is a saga of class relations and changing times in Edwardian England.
With an uncanny ability to assemble terrific casts, Merhant (Ismail), with adroit direction by Ivory (James), and with adaptation by Ruth Jhabvala, this now classic film features Emma Thompson as Margaret Schlegel and Helena Bonham Carter as her sister who become involved with two couples: a wealthy, conservative industrialist (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife (Vanessa Redgrave), and a working-class man (Sam West) and his mistress (Niccola Duffet). The fates and misfortunes of these families, and of the two sisters’ lives, are linked to the disposition of Howards End, a beloved country home. A multi-Academy Award winner, it’s a compelling, brilliantly acted study of the struggle to maintain one’s integrity in the midst of Edwardian society’s conformist values.
“Among the best work by the team of director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant…A film seething with anger, passion, greed and emotional violence.” – Roger Ebert
(US / 1992 / Directed by James Ivory)
PG / 142 mins.