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Saturday, February 26, 2005

 

Film Review - The Wings of the Dove (1997)

This is the third movie based on a Henry James novel that I reviewed. Iain Softley's interpretation of James' "The Wings of the Dove," just as in The Bostonians, maintains my interest with the right mix of feminine beauty.

It is set around the same time as "Death in Venice," 1910, and this time as not in 'DiV,' "it has a girl!"

The fine and delicious Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Kate Croy, a young heiress who is dependent on the good graces of her rich Aunt because her dead Mom's money has run out and her Father is a opium addict.

Kate's dealing with lower society finds in the arms of a young reporter named Merton Threaser, and her Aunt forces her to sever all times with the muckrackers of the day, especially the journalist she had promised to marry before her acension to the country-club life. She agrees for she would be penniless.

Kate then befriends an American rich girl named Millie Theale, who is dying and on a grand tour of Europe. In a last ditch effort to claim his prize Merton crashes a party at which Kate and Millie are attending, and Millie finds the journalist attractive.

The action shifts to Venice, and offers Kate an opportunity to break from the grip of her Aunt.

Helena Bonham Carter for me is the perfect female specimen. She's not blonde, her breast are rightly sized, and you can hold an intelligent conversation with the girl. Sex is fine with a woman, but you can't do it all the time -- pretty soon your going to have to talk to her.

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