touching and revealing window on
the mores, manners and social
conventions of Edwardian England,
revolving around the interwoven fates
and misfortunes of three families and
two sisters who find themselves on
two completely different paths is
portrayed flawlessly in the compelling
film from E M Forsters classic novel
of the same name, Howards End...
THREE DIVERSE FAMILIES find their fates and misfortunes converging in Edwardian
England at a time when the world is facing significant changes in a new century
in the fine period movie Howards End, presented by Cohen Film Collection
as a new 4K restoration from the original negative, overseen by the Director
Having met the wealthy Wilcox family on a trip to the Continent, young Helen
Schlegel (the ever-fresh Helena Bonham Carter) is invited to spend a few days
at their country estate, Howards End. There she develops a passion for young
Paul Wilcox (Joseph Bennett) and they hastily decide upon an engagement
only to change their minds and come to a mutual agreement that it is not a wise
thing to do.
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in her initial excitement, Helen has contacted her sister Margaret "Meg" (the
always reliable Emma Thompson) to tell her the news and her Aunt Juley (the
lovely Prunella Scales) immediately rushes to Howards End, much to Helen's embarrassment.
The Anglo-German Schlegels are a gentle and clever middle-class family who live
in a rented London town house. The head of the Wilcox family is tough businessman
Henry (perfectly played by Anthony Hopkins), whose wife Ruth (the wonderful
Vanessa Redgrave) inherited her much-loved home from her family.
Some months on, the Wilcox family rent a large apartment close to the Schlegels
home and Ruth and Margaret become firm friends, with Margaret offering her support
when Ruth becomes very ill.
When close to death, Ruth hears that the Schlegels are soon to lose their home
and, grateful for Margaret's help, she leaves Howards End to her in a hastily-scribbled
note, which the Wilcox family determined not to lose their lovely home
The Schlegels also befriend a young, clever, down-at-heel clerk, Leonard Bast
(sympathetically played by Samuel West), who has a thirst for knowledge and
loves music, but despite being attracted to Helen he honours a promise to the
needy Jacky (well characterised by Nicola Duffett).
To his great embarrassment, Jacky recognises Henry from an earlier encounter
and unfortunately Leonard is to fall on even harder times. Margaret and Helen,
feeling guilty because he has acted upon their apparently well informed advice,
offer their help.
Margaret and Helen's lives are to go in completely different directions, following
their own choices and destinies. But the family's closeness prevails in this
wonderful, newly restored film.
Described as a compelling, brilliantly acted saga of class relations and exploring
the changing times of Edwardian England, Howards End is recognised as
one of Merchant Ivory's masterpieces. The film won three Academy Awards for
Best Actress, Writing and Art Direction and two BAFTA's, including Best Film.
Howards End is an exceptional and beautifully presented Edwardian drama
from E M Forster's 1910 novel reflecting social mores and changes in England
at the turn of the 20th Century from the perspective of three very different
families whose lives merge.
Howards End also features: Jemma Redgrave as Henry's Daughter Evie; Adrian
Ross Magenty as Tibby Schlegel; James Wilby as Charles Wilcox; Susie Lindeman
as Dolly Wilcox; Crispin Bonham Carter as Albert Fussell; Simon Callow as Music
and Meaning Lecturer; Mary Nash as Pianist; and Barr Heckstall-Smith as Schlegel
Music is by Richard Robbins; Cinematographer is Tony Pierce-Roberts; Costume
Design by Jenny Beavan and John Bright; Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala;
Producer is Ismail Merchant; Co-Producer is Ann Wingate; and Director is James
Cohen Film Collection is proud to present Howards End, released in the
UK on DVD and Blu-ray on 27 November 2017. Running Time: Approximately 2 hours
DVD Disc Features: Feature Length Audio Commentary | Cohen Merchant Ivory Reel
| Original Theatre Trailer & 2016 Re-release Trailer.
Blu-ray Deluxe Edition Features: Feature Length Audio Commentary | Cohen Merchant
Ivory Reel | 2016 Conversation between Director James Ivory and Laurence Kardish
| 2016 Interview With James Ivory and Vanessa Redgrave at Cannes Film Festival
| 2016 On-Stage Q&A with James Ivory and Michael Koresky at Lincoln Centre |
1992 Behind-the-Scenes Short Featurette with Comments by Cast and Crew | Original
Theatrical Trailer & 2016 Re-release Trailer.
"Howards End is an exceptional and beautifully presented Edwardian drama"
Maggie Woods, MotorBar