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The Bostonians

Henry James novels have made terrific movies; this precise, strongly-felt adaptation expresses interior feelings that James — the master of ambiguity — may not have intended, yet seem essential to the story. A dynamic young female public speaker transfixes all around her, and is taken in and mentored by an activist for the women’s movement. But will a conventional, confining, repressive romance undo a perfect political relationship? The Merchant-Ivory-Jhabvala combination does a powerful book full justice; Vanessa Redgrave got the awards attention but it’s also one of the best films by Christopher Reeve.

The Bostonians


Cohen Film Collection

1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 122 min. / Street Date May 21, 2019 / 30.98

Starring: Christopher Reeve, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Tandy, Madeleine Potter, Nancy Marchand, Wesley Addy, Barbara Bryne, Linda Hunt, Charles McCaughan, Nancy New, Jon Van Ness, Wallace Shawn, Peter Bogyo.

Cinematography: Walter Lassally

Film Editor: Mrk Potter Jr., Katherine Wenning

Original Music: Richard Robbins

Written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala,
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