Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. June Learn how and when to remove this template message The story revolves around three families in England at the beginning of the 20th century: the Wilcoxes, rich capitalists with a fortune made in the colonies; the half-German Schlegel siblings Margaret, Helen, and Tibby , whose cultural pursuits have much in common with the Bloomsbury Group ; and the Basts, an impoverished young couple from a lower-class background. The idealistic, intelligent Schlegel sisters seek to help the struggling Basts and to rid the Wilcoxes of some of their deep-seated social and economic prejudices. The Schlegels had briefly met and befriended the Wilcoxes when both families were touring Germany. Helen, the younger Schlegel daughter, then visits the Wilcoxes at their country house, Howards End.

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Trespassers should be prosecuted, possibly condemned, sentenced to watch "Adam Bede" on "Masterpiece Theater" for five to seven years. Merchant, the producer; Mr. Ivory, the director, and Mrs. Like the novel, which was published in , the film is elegant, funny and romantic. Forster is not passe, but time has played tricks on his work. The shapeliness of his prose and his plotting still satisfies.

The wit remains piercing and seemingly painless. The stakes being fought over in this film are high, but no one is killed, with the exception of poor Leonard Bast, and he scarcely counts this is a Forster irony , since he is of the lower orders. Thank heaven for inequities. The Schlegel sisters are well-bred, well-read, music-loving people for whom the life of the mind is as natural as fine food and drink.

Their serene London existence is forever destroyed by the richer, cruder, altogether it seems at first more dynamic Wilcoxes, whom they have met before the film starts while on a holiday abroad. Sticking to the novel with unhurried fidelity, Mrs. The grace with which this is accomplished is just one of the delights of this film, which is nothing if not symmetrical.

Though full of plot, "Howards End" is a comedy of character, expertly realized in performances that match any on the screen now or in the recent past. Thompson, who was a charming asset to "Henry V" and "Dead Again," both directed by her husband, Kenneth Branagh, comes into her own as the wise, patient Margaret Schlegel. Thompson even manages to be beautiful while convincingly acting the role of a woman who is not supposed to be beautiful, being all teeth and solemn expressions.

The film is also a breakthrough for Ms. Bonham Carter. Miss Redgrave is not on the screen long, but hers is also a strong performance as a woman not quite in touch with the quotidian world. She looks grandly haggard, as she is supposed to, while her niece, Jemma Redgrave daughter of Corin Redgrave , is very comic as her spoiled Wilcox daughter. That Mr. Ivory and Mrs. Jhabvala work well together is not exactly news. What continues to astonish is Mrs. The film unfolds chronologically. No narrator is used.

Yet the Forster voice is heard in virtually every scene, chatting, being discreetly sarcastic, sometimes sounding worried and, at other times, laughing with pleasure.

Like all Merchant-Ivory productions, "Howards End" looks terrific, the colors mostly muted, the light dim. Yet there is so much wisteria clinging to the roof and walls of Howards End that the place would seem in danger of collapse, no matter how the characters pair off to save England. A great pleasure. Running time: minutes. This film is rated PG. Ruth Wilcox. Vanessa Redgrave Helen Schlegel. Helena Bonham Carter Margaret Schlegel. Emma Thompson Aunt Juley. Prunella Scales Leonard Bast.

Sam West Henry Wilcox. Anthony Hopkins Charles Wilcox. James Wilby Evie Wilcox. Jemma Redgrave Paul Wilcox. Joseph Bennett Jacky Bast. Nicola Duffett Miss Avery. Barbara Hicks "Howards End," which has been rated PG Parental guidance suggested , has nothing that would disturb small children, although it might bore them quickly.


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The Schlegels are an intellectual family of Anglo-German bourgeoisie , while the Wilcoxes are conservative and wealthy, led by hard-headed businessman Henry. Months later, when the Wilcox family takes a flat across the street from the Schlegels in London, Margaret resumes her acquaintance with Ruth Wilcox, whom she had briefly met before. Ruth is descended from English yeoman stock, and it is through her family that the Wilcoxes have come to own Howards End, a house she loves dearly. Over the course of the next few months, the two women become very good friends, even as Mrs. This causes great consternation to the Wilcoxes, who refuse to believe that Ruth was in her "right mind" or could possibly have intended her home to go to a relative stranger. Eventually he proposes marriage, which Margaret accepts.


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Based on the beloved novel by E. Forster, the four-episode miniseries explores the intertwined social lives of three families in Edwardian England. There are some familiar faces in the cast. This story is brought to life by a fantastic group of actors. For Howards End, he portrays Mr.


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And who is margaret Schlegel? A lady I met. Come off it. Says you. Nice cucumber sandwiches cut ever so thin. His spirit rose and exalted The glorious day was in its last decline.



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