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Film Series: A Room with a View

Thursday, April 6, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Screenings in Collins Cinema

The Davis spring film series considers the “Grand Tour”—a rite of passage for  young aristocrats (men, and some women) coming of cultural age from the mid-17th through the mid-19th century. The Grand Tour itinerary linked passion for touristic adventure to the cultural legacies of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, informed tastes in art and collecting, and reinforced notions of class status and empire. These four films vary in source material, genre, and time period, from modern psychological horror to classic romantic comedy, yet have one thing in common—a life-changing visit to Italy, though perhaps not as “grand” as expected.

Generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift.

A Room with a View (Dir. James Ivory, 1985)

Based on the novel by E.M. Forster, this sweeping romantic drama finds young Lucy Honeychurch and her chaperone on holiday in Florence, ensconced at a small pension amidst free-thinking fellow travellers. Back at home, Lucy is wooed by an affluent and cultured suitor, and must decide whether to abide the conventions of Edwardian England or follow her heart.