Criterion Close-Up 22: A Room with a View (1986)

Mark and Aaron start the New Year as members of CriterionCast, and jump into the world of Merchant Ivory. With such a lavish, large production with quite an ensemble of characters, there is a lot to say. We discuss the social constraints placed upon the characters, and how some groups have opposing world views that resemble traditional versus modernity, while also touching on the nature of wealth, class, and even gender. We also enjoy discussing how the film surprisingly works as a dry comedy, and we are pleased to have Merchant & Ivory back in print in the Criterion Collection.

Show notes:


0:00 – Intro, Criterion Cast Announcement 7:00 – New Year’s Discussion 13:30 – Ghost of Trevor 14:55 – CriterionCast Blu-Ray discussion 19:35 – New Week’s Guest 21:15 – Not Really Any News 23:55 – A Room with a View

CriterionCast Announcement

CriterionCast Master Feed

CriterionCast Blu-Ray Wish list episode

CriterionCast Favorites of 2015

CriterionCast Wacky New Year’s Drawing

A Room With a View

Trevor’s A Room with a View review

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