Day: April 24, 2018

A Room With A View – Bafta Craft Awards 1993 – tape 1417

First on this tape, Merchant Ivory’s A Room With A View. I like it, despite being Peak Merchant Ivory. The story is a very slight one of a young woman who meets a young man who’s slightly below her ‘station’ on holiday, he kisses her, which is a scandal that she hopes nobody finds out about it, only her aunt blabs to one of their travelling companions who wites it into a novel, and she’s engaged to a boring prig who’s not nearly as dashing and romantic as the man on holiday, who then moves into their village with his father which just won’t do because of the potential for scandal only… nobody seems to really care, and yet they’re insufferably rude to these perfectly nice people.

But it has a happy ending.

The cast is really top notch. Well, mostly. Helena Bonham Carter plays the young woman, and Maggie Smith her aunt and chaperone to Italy. Both perfect.

Judi Dench plays one of their part, the novelist Eleanor Lavish, who is the kind of travel bore who knows everything and has an opinion on everything.

Denholm Elliot and Julian Sands play the Emersons, Father and Son. They’re a little less refined than Bonham Carter and her friends, but perfectly friendly. The Sainsburys Basics of period drama. Elliott is, as always, delightful and charming. Sands is, it has to be admitted, the weakest link here. He’s not a good actor, but here he’s not too bad. He’s definitely stiffer than the rest of the cast, though.

Simon Callow plays the Reverend Beebe, their local vicar.

Sands and Bonham-Carter first bond when she witnesses a stabbing in a town square, and he gallantly rescues her when she faints. They remain friendly, until he suddenly kisses her in a field of wheat, an act witnessed by her aunt Maggie Smith. This is deeply embarrassing, as she doesn’t think she should be kissing young men, especially those below her station.

When she returns to England, Cecil Vyse, an annoying, prissy intellectual played by Daniel Day Lewis, proposes to her, and she accepts.

Her little brother Freddy is played by an astonishingly young Rupert Graves.

It’s a nice film, and, like I said, it has a happy ending, so that’s always nice.

After this, recording switches to the Bafta Craft Awards, from Nottingham. “The Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir Andrew Buchanan presents the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire.”

The ceremony is presented by Sarah Greene and Matthew Kelly.

Norman Beaton presents the award for Best Video Lighting

Best TV Makeup is presented by Sue Johnstone.

Floella Benjamin presents the award for Best TV Costume Design

Jim Bowen presents Best Video Editing

Angela Rippon presents Best Film Costume

Steven Tompkinson presents awards for photography.

Lionel Blair presents the award for Best Television Design

Finally, Richard Attenborough presents the Lifetime Achievement award to cinematographer Douglas Slocombe.

After this, there’s the start of a news Bulletin, and the tape ends.

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