The Bostonians (1984) short review

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.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.