1992, Sony Repertory, 140 min, UK, Dir: James Ivory

Class conflicts boil beneath the genteel surfaces of early 20th century England in this film of E.M. Forster’s novel. Howards End is an estate that Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave) intends to bequeath to her friend, Margaret (Emma Thompson), but Ruth’s starchy spouse, Henry (Anthony Hopkins), is not about to let the house pass out of the family. Winner of three Oscars, for Best Actress (Thompson), Adapted Screenplay and Art Direction.

1993, Sony Repertory, 134 min, UK, Dir: James Ivory

Anthony Hopkins is inimitable in his Oscar-nominated performance as James Stevens, the resolutely faithful head butler at a country estate in post-World War II Britain. When rule-bucking housekeeper Miss Kenton (an excellent Emma Thompson, also Oscar-nominated) arrives as the new staff member, Stevens’ world is quietly but irrevocably upended by her professions of love for him - and by the suspicions he stifles that his employer may have had ties to the Nazi party. Nominated for an additional six Oscars, including Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay. Based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.

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