May 1, 1992: Howard’s End

Howards_End-1992A businessman thwarts his wife’s bequest of an estate to another woman. [IMDB]

Howards End is a British romantic drama film based upon the novel of the same name by E. M. Forster (published in 1910), a story of class relations in turn-of-the-20th-century England. The film—produced by Merchant Ivory Productions as their third adaptation of a Forster novel (following A Room with a View in 1985 and Maurice in 1987)—was the first film to be released by Sony Pictures Classics. The screenplay was written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant.

An all star cast included Emma ThompsonHelena Bonham Carter, Vanessa Redgrave, Prunella Scales (Fawlty Towers), Jo Kendall (radio comedy I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again), Anthony HopkinsJemma Redgrave (Vanessa’s niece), Samuel West (son of Scales and Timothy West), and Simon Callow.

Howards End was entered as Official selection for Cannes International Film Festival andCinema-UK-05-01-1992 won 45th Anniversary Award. In 1993, the film received nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture for Ismail Merchant and Best Director for James Ivory. The film won three awards, including for Best Art Direction (Luciana Arrighi and Ian Whittaker). Ruth Prawer Jhabvala earned her second Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, while Emma Thompson won the 1992 Academy Award for Best Actress. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Cohen Media Group YouTube Channel.

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