"A Room with a View" Reader's Guide

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It is somewhat ironic that E. M. Forster’s novels have been so popularly adapted to film as he openly opposed the practice of adapting written works to the stage or screen. He was quite adamant that the experience of reading a book was opposite of the experience of any theatrical art and widely criticized any attempts at such translations.


Eleanor (Judi Dench) and Charlotte (Maggie Smith) in Florence
Lucy (Helena Bonham Carter) and George (Julian Sands)

In spite of this, film adaptations of his work have had wide critical acclaim. The three most notable films based on Forster’s novels are the 1985 Merchant/Ivory production of A Room with a View (Nominated for 8 Academy Awards and winner of 3), the 1992 Merchant/Ivory production of Howard’s End (nominated for 9 Academy Awards and winner of 3), and David Lean’s 1984 production of A Passage to India (nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winner of 2).

Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave) from Howards End
The Schlegel Family from Howards End (Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter and Adrian Ross Magenty)
Miss Adela Quested (Judy Davis) from A Passage to India
Mrs. Moore (Peggy Ashcroft) from A Passage to India

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