Aunt Maude and Kate Croy

I am not a fan of British literary adaptations, but this one is particularly boring. It’s about Kate Croy (Helena Bonham Carter) who is basically taken by her Aunt Maude (Charlotte Rampling) and introduced into high society. Kate is seeing a lowly journalist so when a rich American woman comes into her life she starts scheming a way to keep the lowly man and stay where her aunt has brought her socially.

The recreations of England and Italy circa 1910 are beautiful, but the cinematography is about as tight as Carter’s corset while the acting makes the characters feel as two-dimensional as a painting. I can’t recommend this film. I suggest a Merchant Ivory production like The Remains Of The Day.

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