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Henry James (novel)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 October 1979 (USA) See more »
It's the mid-nineteenth century. Adult siblings Felix Young and Eugenia Munster were born and raised... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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All clothes; no emperor See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lee Remick ... Eugenia Young
Robin Ellis ... Robert Acton

Wesley Addy ... Mr. Wentworth
Tim Choate ... Clifford

Lisa Eichhorn ... Gertrude

Kristin Griffith ... Lizzie Acton
Nancy New ... Charlotte
Norman Snow ... Mr. Brand
Helen Stenborg ... Mrs. Acton

Tim Woodward ... Felix Young
Gedda Petry ... Augustine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Ivory ... (uncredited)
Richard Robbins ... Musician (uncredited)
Donald Warnock ... The Dandy at the Ball (uncredited)

Directed by
James Ivory 
Writing credits
Henry James (novel)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)

Produced by
Connie Kaiserman .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
Cinematography by
Larry Pizer 
Film Editing by
Humphrey Dixon 
Casting by
Judy Abbott 
Art Direction by
Jeremiah Rusconi 
Costume Design by
Judy Moorcroft 
Makeup Department
Marianne Grigg .... makeup artist
Jeanne Richmond .... makeup artist
Martin Samuel .... hair stylist
Production Management
Joyce Herlihy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christine Fox .... second assistant director
James Maniolas .... assistant director (as Jim Maniolas)
Art Department
Don Carpentier .... property master
Jeremy Mitford .... property master
Sound Department
Derek Ball .... sound
Brian Blamey .... sound editor
Bob Jones .... sound re-recording engineer
Ken Nightingall .... boom operator (as Ken Nightengall)
Doug E. Turner .... sound re-recording engineer (as Doug Turner)
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Cormack .... still photographer
Ken Ferris .... focus puller
Constantine Makris .... grip
Christopher Misiano .... grip
Donald Newman .... gaffer (as Don Newman)
Brian Rose .... clapper loader
Eugene D. Shlugleit .... electrician (as Eugene Shlugleit)
Jim Walsh .... best boy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jenny Beavan .... costume assistant
Keith Morton .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Mark Potter .... assistant editor (as Mark Potter Jr.)
Music Department
Vic Flick .... conductor
Vic Flick .... music arranger
Other crew
Elizabeth Aldrich .... choreographer
Steve Bach .... production assistant
Trevor Bond .... title art
Jane Buck .... continuity
Walter Bursiel .... production assistant
Anthony Chase .... production assistant
Ellen Dinerstein .... production assistant
Michael Fields .... production assistant
Charles Garth .... choreographer
Graham Henderson .... production accountant
Peter Kean .... location unit manager
Mark Potter Sr. .... title art
John Rusconi .... production assistant
Karen Shashoua .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Director James Ivory was a big fan of The Europeans (1979)' source novelist Henry James and had read all his novels.See more »
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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
All clothes; no emperor, 10 July 2007
Author: skoch28879 from United States

I first saw this movie in a "Henry James on Film" class back in about 1994. I'd just read the novella of the same name and enjoyed it immensely. Not only was it remarkably beautiful and deeply moving but also, at moments, intentionally laugh out loud funny.

MIP, as is their way I later discovered, created a script that fails to recognize the difference between the written word and the spoken word/visual image. The camera work is beautiful, and all the superficial details seem so right (furnishings, clothes, surfaces in general), all of which I've found to be typical of MIP films. What a pity they didn't devote at least some of that time to other matters, such as understanding the characters involved. Lines are lifted directly from the novella, with little or no attempt to adapt them to the demands of the big (or small) screen.

As a result, all of the glorious subtlety of the original is lost, absolutely lost. James' characters are complex, yes, but also thoroughly real, human, and comprehensible, despite what some of his critics may claim. You wouldn't know that from any of the MIP adaptations of his works, specifically THE BOSTONIANS and THE GOLDEN BOWL. I've yet to see HULLABALOO OVER GEORGIE AND BONNIE'S PICTURES, which is, according to certain film critics, and suggested by what I've read about the film, an adaptation of James' "The Aspern Papers." Ivory has been asked about this, but has refused to answer one way or the other.

It doesn't help that MIP films have tended to be shot on such tight time/money budgets that it may be impossible to shoot all the scenes that were scripted, let alone to reshoot a scene when needed. As such, they rely heavily on editing the footage they have. Anyone who studies their films may well find that this approach leads to most unsatisfying results.

I've seen ten or more MIP films since this one, in an attempt to determine if this was an isolated misstep on their part, or the norm for them. I found the latter to be the case. Their films make me think of the children's fairy tale of the emperor who had no clothes. But, in the case of MIP fare, it's just the reverse: it's all clothes -- and no emperor!

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