Encounter of three social classes of the England at the beginning of the century : the victorian capitalists (the Wilcoxes) considering themselves as aristocrats, whose only god is money ; the enlightened bourgeois (the Schlegels), humanistic and philanthropist ; and the workers (the Basts), fighting to survive. The Schlegel sisters' humanism will be torn apart as they try both to softly knock down the Wilcox's prejudices and to help the Basts. Written by
Did You Know?
was the first actor cast for the movie. In an interview with Ivory & Merchant on the Merchant Ivory Collection DVD, Ivory says he passed a copy of the script to Anthony Hopkins via a Sound Editor for The Silence of the Lambs
(1991) that he knew, "Thereby bypassing all the agents all over the place." Anthony read the script and told Ivory he was very interested in taking the role. See more
When Charlie and Dolly Wilcox are hiding from Margaret Schlegel in the castle, the scene closes with low angle wide shot of the castle with a view of the sky behind it, revealing several aircraft contrails. There were no aircraft capable of leaving high-altitude contrails in the time period this movie is set in. See more
Dearest Meg, I'm having a glorious time. I like them all. They are the very happiest, jolliest family that you can imagine. The fun of it is that they think me a noodle, and say so - at least, Mr. Wilcox does. Oh Meg, should we ever learn to talk less.
Music by Percy Grainger
Courtesy of Schott & Co., Ltd.
Performed by Martin Jones See more