Merchant-Ivory — what more need I say? An adaptation of the Henry James novel, the only off note for me is Christopher Reeves, who just seems so… so… Christopher Reeves! I don’t know, he doesn’t work for me. Vanessa Redgrave is amazing and I really liked how the filmmakers heightened certain aspects of James’s novel that he probably couldn’t go into at the time he was writing. Beautiful 1870s costuming, showing a nice restrained middle class sensibility.
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