Cinema: A Stroll on the Wilde Side a Room with a View

Directed by James Ivory Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Scandalous! Miss Honeychurch likes to play Beethoven on the pianoforte. This is not a composer with whom respectable young Edwardian women are supposed to become emotionally involved. And indeed, playing him makes her feel "peevish," or perhaps guilty at allowing this expression of her passionate inner nature to burst out.

Still more scandalous! Young George Emerson, also a resident of the Pensione Bertolini in Florence, steals a kiss from her when they are out on an innocent picnic. And then does it again after a game of lawn tennis when they are back in England, where the climate is supposed to...

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