James Ivory (1981)



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Based on the novel by Jean Rhys, this is a typically classy piece of film-making from director James Ivory. In 1920s Paris, Isabelle Adjani takes refuge with married couple Alan Bates and Maggie Smith after her husband (Anthony Higgins) is jailed. She eventually submits to the advances of Bates at the expense of his rather sad bullied wife, as the film explores with subtlety an upper-class lifestyle beset with moral corruption. It was sadly not as successful or lauded as Ivory's later EM Forster adaptations, A Room with a View and Howards End, but it's worth a look nevertheless.

Cast & Crew

Marya Zelli Isabelle Adjani
Stephan Zelli Anthony Higgins
Lois Heidler Maggie Smith
H J Heidler Alan Bates
Theo the pornographer Pierre Clémenti
Pierre Schlamovitz Daniel Mesguich
Director James Ivory
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Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD