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The climatic scene at the "Boston Music Hall" was actually filmed at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York, finished in 1875. The Boston Music Hall was pulled down in the 1950s. But the film required a civic hall with a pipe organ in it for plot reasons. While we see the 1882 Odell organ in the Troy hall, the organ itself didn't work very well in 1983, so the music was actually recorded on the organ at Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts.
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During filming, actress Madeleine Potter noticed that one of her costumes had the name "Nastassja Kinski" sewn into it. As it turned out, the dress had originally been made to be used in the movie Tess (1979).
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Vanessa Redgrave replaced Glenn Close in the lead female role of Olive Chancellor. Close had agreed to play Olive but dropped out to film The Natural (1984). Close once said of this: "Finally, I got to play opposite every woman's fantasy, Robert Redford, and I never got to touch him!". Olive Chancellor was played in the end by Vanessa Redgrave who got Oscar nominated for Best Actress. There was a convincing belief prior to the ceremony that Redgrave would never win due to her controversial anti-Zionist spiel from her Oscar acceptance speech in 1977. According to Ivory, "I wanted as much as possible to have a completely American cast, but we were never able to work that out. We couldn't get a suitable American address to play that kind of part, so we sent Vanessa Redgrace the script, and she's marvelous. So I accepted her, English though she is with an English accent. In the 30s and 40s they used to hire English actors all the time for American films to play upperclass parts, remember? So I suppose I accept her on that basis.
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In the last scenes, a female journalist is introduced, by the name of Henrietta Stackpole, a character not in "The Bostonians", but borrowed from another Henry James novel, "The Portrait Of a Lady".
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Debut theatrical feature film of actress Madeleine Potter.
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The film was made and released about ninety-nine years after its source novel of the same name by Henry James had been first published as a serial in 'The Century Magazine' in 1885-86 and then in novel form in 1886.
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Second of three film adaptations by Merchant Ivory Productions of novels by Henry James. The first had been The Europeans (1979) whilst the third was The Golden Bowl (2000). Each film was produced by Ismail Merchant, directed by James Ivory and had a screenplay written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
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The movie starred three actresses who had won Academy Awards for acting. In a supporting role in the film, Jessica Tandy later won a Best Actress Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), whilst in a lead role in the film, Vanessa Redgrave had previously won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Julia (1977). Also in a supporting role in the film was Linda Hunt, who had previously won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).
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According to the official website of Merchant Ivory Productions, source author "Henry James first conceived the [film's source "The Bostonians"] novel through his fascination with the cause of suffrage".
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Director James Ivory was a big fan of The Bostonians (1984)'s source novelist Henry James and had read all his novels.
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Vanessa Redgrave was director James Ivory's first choice for both the lead roles in The Europeans (1979) and The Bostonians (1984). With The Europeans (1979), Redgrave was unavailable due to other commitments, and with The Bostonians (1984), Redgrave originally declined, and Glenn Close was cast. Then Close withdrew, due to being offered The Natural (1984), the part was then re-offered to Redgrave, who accepted.
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This motion picture's opening title card reads: "Boston 1875".
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Actresses Jodie Foster and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio were considered for the role of Verena Tarrant which in the end was cast with actress Madeleine Potter.
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The picture was nominated for two Academy Awards but failed to win an Oscar in either category.
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According to Margarita Landazuri at the Turner Classic Movies website, "...the origin of the term 'Boston Marriage', which in the late 19th century came to describe a marriage-like relationship between two women who live independently together without a man's support, is attributed to [Henry] James and his novel. [Henry] James is believed to have drawn the inspiration for Olive [Chancellor] and her fellow suffragettes from his sister Alice, who lived with another woman in a Boston marriage".
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Madeleine Potter received an 'introducing' credit on the movie's poster but not during the opening titles of the picture.
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Christopher Reeve said of this film in his autobiography "Still Me" (1998): "[Producer] Ismail [Merchant] could only afford to pay me [US] $100,000, less than a tenth of my established price at the time. I insisted that the money was not an issue, that this was the kind of work I ought to be doing, but my agent told me, 'If you do that picture with those wandering minstrels, it will be one foot in the grave of your career'. ... I cheerfully ignored their advice".
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Star Christopher Reeve has said that he was cast in this picture because director James Ivory had liked his work in Superman (1978).
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The picture was actor Christopher Reeve's second costumer picture in just a few years having made a notable impression in his non-Superman like period film Somewhere in Time (1980).
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Actor Christopher Reeve lived on his much cherished own sail-boat "Chandelle" during a substantial amount of the principal photography period.
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In the same 1984 year that this picture debuted, actor Christopher Reeve also acted in a stage production of another Henry James story adapted from his 1888 novella "The Aspern Papers". The play was produced and performed at the Theatre Royal in Haymarket in London, England. It starred Dame Wendy Hiller as Juliana, Christopher Reeve as Henry Jarvis and The Bostonians (1984) leading lady Vanessa Redgrave as Miss Tina. This stage adaptation was written by Sir Michael Redgrave, the father of Vanessa Redgrave, the latter of whom was awarded the Oliver Award for Best Actress in a Revival.
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