Cinema: Correct Form

THE EUROPEANS Directed by James Ivory Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala The Europeans is one of Henry James' most delightful novels, a small, approachable comedy of manners, widely regarded among Jamesian scholars as the masterpiece of his early years. But the story of Eugenia and Felix, Europeanized sister and brother who return to Massachusetts for some genteel fortune hunting, is, on the face of it, unlikely material for a film in the Age of Travolta.

More power, therefore, to Director Ivory and his collaborator, Jhabvala, for making the effort, and for providing a reasonably faithful and literate screen version of the tale....

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