Howards End

Howard End (1992)

Dir. James Ivory 1992 138mins (PG)
Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson









On this day in 1992 Merchant Ivory Productions adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End was released in the UK. A tale of class relations in England at the turn of the twentieth-century, this was the third Merchant Ivory adaptation of a Forster  novel, following on from A Room with a View (1985) and Maurice (1987). It was also the first film to be released by Sony Picture Classics.

The plot centres on three Edwardian families, representing three different social classes of the time: the Wilcoxes, wealthy capitalists; the Schlegal sisters representing the bourgeoisie; and the Basts who are a young couple down on their luck.

Scenes from the films were shot at the Baltic Exchange in London and not long after filming the building was bombed by the IRA and torn down. It is now the location of The Gherkin.

The film won three Academy Awards:

  • Best Actress – Emma Thompson
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Best Art Direction – Luciana Aright and Ian Whittaker

It was nominated for a further six awards:

  • Best Picture – Ismail Merchant
  • Best Director – James Ivory
  • Best Supporting Actress – Vanessa Redgrave
  • Best Cinematography – Tony Pierce-Roberts
  • Best Costume Design – Jenny Beavan and John Bright
  • Best Original Music Score – Richard Robbins

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