Saturday, April 26, 2014

At The Movies: 'A Room With A View'

Lucy Honeychurch is touring around Florence with her older - and supposedly wiser - cousin, Charlotte to expand her experiences, her mind and to be 'a woman of the world' before she is expected to settled down with a man to look after her and marry him.  Things are going wrong at every turn, starting with their room.  It was supposed to be south-facing with a view, but it was north-facing without a view.  So, when George Emerson and his father offer up their room in exchange, Lucy is quick to accept, but her cousin isn't; thinking it's rude.
Introducing Mr Beeb - the pastor to be from their home of Summer Street in the UK - who mediated for them to have the rooms changed over quickly and easily, explaining the mix-up of how things were taken.
After this rather embarrassing evening, the gorgeous morning that follows is something to blot out their worries, and Lucy and her cousin go forth and venture out into the streets of Florence to be tourists.  During their day, they run into people staying at their hotel.  There's Eleanor Lavish - a writer who takes in her surroundings and reproduces it in her books.  There's two elderly sisters who have never married but travel everywhere together around the world.  And then, there's Mr Emerson and his son, George who wander around the lovely churches and squares of Florence.  
However, George is a very quiet, reserved man who is quite taken by Lucy.  It's all in how he looks at her from across the dinner table, how he watches her walk through the church during the day and on the outing a few of them take a few days later when he finally takes Lucy into his arms on a hillside and kisses her, fully, without holding back and intensely that shows Lucy that he wants her.  But Charlotte takes that very bold move of his the wrong way (of course) and rushes Lucy back to England, forcing George to away from the woman he has fallen for completely.
Once back at Summer Street, Lucy is quickly courted by a very unusual man called Cecil.  He starts out being a nice man who appears to be able to care for Lucy... however as time goes by, it's evident that he's unable to show any emotion to her unless they're behind closed doors.  He cringes when people talk, hates humourous music and songs and won't play any sports.  Cecil is basically a man who is nothing more than a lazy person who is living off the money his parents have made, and he refuses to go out and work.
Then, George and his father show up at a villa not far from the local church.  It appears that Cecil met them in London and organised their whole move to Summer Street behind Lucy's back; having no intention of telling her, and Lucy's brother, gets along with George famously.  About a week after the Emerson's settle in, George is invited to play tennis at Lucy's house; and this is where he makes a move on her in front of Cecil - who doesn't seem to even notice he's done it!
Right here is where the lies start.  Lucy lies to George first... then she lies to Cecil (breaking up with him in the process).  Then, when Charlotte comes to visit, Lucy lies to her, then her mother and finally young Lucy lies to the two elderly sisters she met on the trip to Italy.  And nobody sees through her lies - well, the two older ladies do, but then, you'd expect them to.  The only person Lucy has kept on lying to the whole time is herself ... about how much she loves George.  So, exactly what she does next is admit it to herself and everyone around her what they all knew in the first place....

For a 1986 movie based just before World War I, this movie was brilliantly cast.  I love the cinematography and how well done it is.  And talk about opera!  The music in the film is wonderful too! Well, there's my Saturday night at the movies... how was yours?

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