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Film Released: 1986
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Starring: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm
Elliott, Julian Sands, Simon Callow, Daniel Day-Lewis
Directed by: James Ivory based on a novel by E.M. Forster
film is set in he early 1900's and
tells the story of Lucy Honeychurch (played by Helena Bonham Carter) a
young Englishwoman visiting Italy for the first time with her cousin Charlotte
Bartlett (play by Maggie Smith) as chaperone. Upon their arrival at a pensione
in Florence, they find they have been given rooms without a view. Mr. Emerson, a
free-thinking Englishman (played by Denholm Elliott) is also
staying at the pensione with his equally eccentric son George (played by Julian
Sands) and having listened to their conversation, suggests that the
women take his rooms which do have a view. Although Charlotte is very put out by
the indelicate proposal, Lucy, with the help of another guest, Reverend
Beebe (played by Simon Callow) who is son to be their vicar back in England,
convinces her that no harm will come of it and so they all swap rooms.
George is very taken with Lucy and although she remains aloof to his
attentions, he later takes the opportunity whilst on a group outing to kiss her.
Unfortunately, Charlotte happens to witness the kiss and insists they return to
England immediately for Lucy's own good.
Back in Summer Street, Surrey, where Lucy lives with her mother (played by
Rosemary Leach) and younger brother Freddy (played by Rupert Graves), she
settles back into her relationship with Cecil Vyse (played by Daniel Day-Lewis),
a somewhat stolid prig of a man to whom she becomes engaged.
About the same time, Rev. Beebe announces that new tenants have leased a local
cottage but much to Lucy's dismay, the new arrivals turn out to be the
Emerson's, who were told about the available cottage by Cecil when they met by
chance at an art gallery in London. Although the Emerson's are not
at all Cecil's type, he made the suggestion as a comeuppance to the
cottage's landlord, whom Cecil thinks to be a snob.
takes a hand when Freddy becomes friends with George, inviting him to the house
o play tennis one Sunday when Cecil happens to be there too. Lucy is
mortified at the thought of both George and Cecil being at the house
at the same time, and her fears are compounded when George finds another
opportunity to kiss her and tell her of his love for her. Whilst she rebukes
him, this time in the presence of Charlotte both she and Charlotte realise
her feelings for George are strong. Later that evening, she breaks off her
engagement to Cecil on the premise that they are not suited.
avoid gossip, she decides to travel to Greece with acquaintances from her trip
to Florence, but shortly before her departure, Charlotte contrives to bring Mr
Emerson and Lucy together and Mr Emerson forces Lucy to admit that she has
been in love with his son George all along, leading to the inevitable happy
food aspect we've chosen occurs in the very first scene of the film, when
Charlotte and Lucy are at dinner complaining about their rooms with no view.
During the conversation Charlotte comments:-
This meat has surely been boiled for stock....it's lost all its flavour."
It's not clear what the meat was however, we are using our poetic licence to
feature an Italian recipe for braised beef which will be tender, succulent and
full of flavour.