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As a lifelong Helena Bonham Carter fan I've of course seen Wings of the Dove already (in the cinema even I think). It's long ago and this is the first time watching it from my own blu-ray.
#HelenaBonhamCarter #WingsOfTheDove #NowWatching

https://letterboxd.com/film/the-wings-of-the-dove/

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I feel for Susan the chaperone, such characters can never have their own holidays doing their own thing.
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Helena's character in this film is more complex and less innocent than you'd expect from the beginning of the film or the type of film. That I really liked. The nude scene is totally gratuitous and not fitting with the style of the film. That I'm more ambivalent about. But overall it's a good, rich, film.
#HelenaBonhamCarter #TheWingsOfTheDove


More Helena Bonham Carter, from blu-ray, in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. As I remember, she's the bride.

https://letterboxd.com/film/mary-shelleys-frankenstein/
#HelenaBonhamCarter #Frankenstein #MaryShelleysFrankenstein #NowWatching

in reply to Gidi Kroon

Somehow we have to believe that Kenneth Branagh is the son of Cherie Lunghi (eight years difference), and grew up as children together with Helena Bonham Carter (six years difference).
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Her character is more forceful than you'd expect a female character to be in this kind of role, maybe helped by having a female author. It seems to be Helena's thing: choose a role that isn't lead by events but who drives the narrative, then in her acting drive it even more.
#HelenaBonhamCarter #MaryShelleysFrankenstein


Another miniseries, two parts this time, with Helena Bonham Carter this time: Merlin. I like these different retellings of the Arthur/Merlin legends. And I like seeing Helena. In this she plays the witch Morgan, and they've tried with special makeup effects to make her look ugly, which is of course impossible.

I've seen this before on tv, now from my dvd.

Merlin (1998)
#HelenaBonhamCarter #Merlin #NowWatching

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"We thought we'd come in the traditional way: through the door."

"It's customary to open it first."



Since it's such dreary weather outside, I'm watching A Room with a View so at least someone has something nice to look at outside. It's a film with Helena Bonham Carter of a long time ago. I've seen it before, but I have it on blu-ray now. It's one of her costume dramas.

Just looking through her massive list of films, I think I've seen a significant part of them. Including some of the unknown ones, some so long ago that I can't remember the plot...

A Room with a View (1986)
#HelenaBonhamCarter #RoomWithAView

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Helena plays this costume drama heroine so refreshingly. She's immediately a strong opinionated young woman who is not afraid of her chaperone.
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This Lucy Honeychurch is really a different kind of woman than you'd expect in a costume drama, the opposite of demure. I love how Helena Bonham Carter plays her, as a true independent spirit.


#NowWatching something good, with several great actresses in it like Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan: Suffragette.
#HelenaBonhamCarter #CareyMulligan #Suffragette
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So far the parallels with the Belgian film Daens (1992) are remarkable (that one is about a moment of social change in Belgium involving a priest called Daens). A smart young woman (Maud/Nette) observes hardships while working in a factory, including the brutality, including sexually, by the male supervisor. There's a government committee that will hopefully bring about change, but their hopes are dashed, resulting in an act of great police brutality. Even down to the committee members being ushered away and the policemen being on horseback. Though I must say that Daens did all this much better and I urge people to see that film. Antje de Boeck is truly amazing as Nette.

Anyway, I'm now wondering who will go to Rome for an audience with the Pope... For surely from here on the stories must diverge.
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Of course Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter are very good in this. But the film seems a bit lightweight. The suffragette movement is depicted as a choice, rather than born out of desperation, especially for the rich ladies. The comparison with Daens is that there Nette was forced out of desperation to fight for social change. Here Maud almost accidentally joins the movement.