I have watched A Room with a View three times now, the last time with the commentary track on. I saw new things every single time. What impressed me the most the second and third times was Helena Bonham Carter’s nuanced acting, with its various degrees of intensity and spot-on reactions, and the quality of the writing. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala wrote the screenplay. It’s based on E.M. Forster’s novel of the same title. In 1987, she won an Oscar for Best Writing for an adapted screenplay for her work in A Room with a View. She also adapted other novels by E.M. Forster, and won another Oscar in 1993 for Howards End (1992). She won many other awards for her writing as well.
So Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is certainly a star in this production.
I should also mention that this is an Merchant Ivory production, with James Ivory as Director and Ismail Merchant as producer. They have done great films together and it’s to their credit that they assembled the great cast of A Room with a View. Helena Bonham Carter and Daniel Day-Lewis had each done only one other film prior to being selected for this one. And what a great job they did!
A Room with a View won 3 Oscars in 1987:
-- Best Art Direction & Set Decoration
-- Best Costume Design
-- Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
After three viewings, this film has become one of my favorites ever.