The Wings of the Dove

© 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!


  1. josephine said

    Another awesome pick! It’s gorgeous and the ending is just so tragic, yet fitting. It just slays me.

  2. Us too, Josephine – it’s just so beautiful! m&j

  3. Oh I saw that movie – I will never forget the imagery of it, but the plot! Oh my! Thank you for the reminder; I may just have to watch it again now…

    • Made us want to book four fights to Venice for us and our hubbies! But yes, the plot is not exactly uplifting 😉 Definitely worth a second look, though. Beautiful film making. Enjoy! m&j

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