Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Room with a View

Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Day-Lewis (balancing spectacles on his nose!), Dame Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and various others working together made this a charming movie to watch recently.

Situated in Florence, Italy and England and during a more gracious and unruffled moment in time when young women travelled to the Continent accompanied by a chaperone, on this occasion, an aunt named Charlotte. Miss Lucy Honeychurch (also known as Lucia, while in Italy) is “transformed” during their visit. Lucy stumbles in and out of love and back in once again, ending happily. Surroundings in Florence and England are pleasing.

Keep an eye open for: medieval cathedrals and steeples, millinery such as bowlers, boaters and top hats, vicars, waistcoats, cornflowers, explicitly carved statues, bustling and dangerous town squares with pigeons, tennis on the lawn (Wimbledon style), leaded glass windows, tweed suiting, long lacy gloves, massive villas, wicker picnic baskets, sun-reflecting parasols, woven reed fencing, afternoon teas served on the lawn, steam-powered locomotives.

Delicate yet brilliantly colored Florentine art and scroll work surrounding the credits and scene changes leave no doubt as to where this film is set.


Fifi Flowers said...

That was a GREAT movie... haven't watched it in years... scenery is GORGEOUS! Might have to watch that again... can probably purchase it cheaply... hmmm

Be the change..... said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, neighbor :-) Love yours - we've seen all the same movies and share a love of houses :-)