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Howards End

Howards End

Helena Bonham Carter

Famed filmmaker James Ivory brings E.M. Forster's novel of the same name to vivid life in this iconic drama. Set in Edwardian-era England, the sweeping melodrama showcases themes of class, social conventions, and the clash between different socio-economic groups. Focusing on the lives of three families: the wealthy and conservative Wilcoxes, the idealistic Schlegels, and the lower-middle-class Basts, the film delves into the complexities of relationships and societal expectations, highlighting the contrast between the Wilcox's materialism and the Schlegels' intellectual pursuits. As tensions rise and secrets emerge, the characters' lives become interconnected in unexpected ways.

Featuring exquisite period detail and supported by strong performances from an A-Grade ensemble, notably Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave and Helena Bonham Carter, the narrative exploration of the evolving landscape of early 20th-century England offers a deeply engaging dramatic core. Critically acclaimed upon release the film earned several Academy Award nominations - winning three, including Best Actress for Emma Thompson. Howards End remains a profoundly moving and notable adaptation of Forster's classic novel.

1992 | 140 min | UK | Period Drama
Director: James Ivory
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Vanessa Redgrave, Samuel West, James Wilby, Prunella Scales
A richly rewarding literary adaptation that's as smart as it is beautiful.

Festivals and Awards

Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Academy Awards 1993
Best Actress, Golden Globe Awards 1993
Best Film, Best Actress, BAFTA Awards 1993