© Miramax Films, 1997
A re-screening this Iain Softley version of the beautiful, rather disturbing Henry James classic is tough going at times, as the story is not exactly an upbeat romp a la Merchant/Ivory’s A Room with a View. But well worth it if you’ve ever been to Venice and want a full hit of that lovely city in gorgeous natural light and period costume, circa 1910. Helena Bonham Carter looks like she’s made of Bernini ivory as the divisive Kate Croy. Linus Roache and Alison Elliott succeed brilliantly as pawns in her ill-fated scheme. With Michael Gambon, Charlotte Rampling and Elizabeth McGovern. Sumptuous early 20th century costume design by Sandy Powell, Set decoration by Joanne Woollard, Art Direction by Martyn John & Andrew Sanders, Production Design by john Berard and gorgeous Cinematograpy by Eduardo Serra. But the city of Venice is the real star of this film and well worth watching to escape to, if we do say so ourselves!