A COUPLE WITH EVERYTHING BUT MONEY. AN HEIRESS WITH EVERYTHING BUT LOVE. A TEMPTATION NO ONE COULD RESIST.
In 1910, British journalist Merton Densher (Linus Roache) is in a relationship with the ambitious Kate Croy (Helena Bonham Carter), who sees her chance to wealth and prominence in the arrival of an American heiress (Alison Elliott). The story is not very different from another Henry James novel that was filmed the previous year, The Portrait of a Lady – here’s another American heiress who falls victim to conspiratorial Europeans. The cast is solid (is it even possible to make a period movie of this type without Bonham Carter?), and the cinematography is outstanding, but the storytelling lacks energy.
1997-Britain-U.S. 101 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Iain Softley. Novel: Henry James. Cinematography: Eduardo Serra. Cast: Helena Bonham Carter (Kate Croy), Linus Roache (Merton Densher), Alison Elliott (Milly Theale), Charlotte Rampling, Elizabeth McGovern, Michael Gambon.
Trivia: Also adapted for British TV in 1979.
BAFTA: Best Cinematography, Makeup/Hair.