(Painting of E.M. Forster by Dora Carrington)
If you read my sidebar, you know I love movies and often watch 5-6 per week. I also dislike winter, especially up here in the Siberia of the East Coast. Movies, hot cocoa and popcorn get me through these dark, cold and lonely nights. I plan to post a Hot Chocolate Review every now and again, focusing on movies made from novels, plays, poems and so forth. Here is the first.
E.M. Forster was born in London on January 1, 1897, he died June 7, 1970. He was a novelist, short story writer and in the '30's-40's a broadcaster on BBC radio. He is famous for the phrase "Only Connect" which comes from the novel Howards End.
Howards End book 1910 movie 1992
is one of my favorite novels/movies of all time. I have read it many times, seen the movie often. It takes place in London at the turn of the last century and is about the Schlegels (bohemian intellectuals) played by Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter. The Wilcoxes (wealthy family) with Anthony Hopkins as Henry Wilcox. And the Basts (lower-middle-class aspirants). Close to my heart is the fact that one theme centers on who will inherit a house in the country. Five mugs of hot cocoa
Room with a View book 1908 movie 1985
a Merchant/Ivory film starring Helena Bonham Carter about Lucy Honeychurch's trip to Italy and debate about which beau to marry. Light and lovely. Four and a half mugs
A Passage to India book 1924 Movie 1984
a David Lean film starring Judy Davis as Adela Quested. Set in India in the later days of the British Raj. Five mugs.
Where Angels Fear to Tread Book 1905 Movie 1999
a Masterpiece Theater production starring Helen Mirren. Again set in Italy. Three and a half mugs.
Maurice Book 1971 Movie 1987
This book was written early in Forster's career but not published until after his death, possibly because it deals with homosexual themes. Hugh Grant stars in this Merchant/Ivory film. Three mugs.
There is also a Masterpiece Theater version of A Room with a View made in 2007 staring Elaine Cassidy which I have not seen. All film are available on Netflix. Happy Viewing!! PS. Don't forget to read the book too.