Maisie goes to Manhattan in this fine modern-day adaptation of Henry James’s novel of irresponsible parentingHenry James famously failed in his attempts to become a popular playwright in the 1890s and apparently never thought, like his friend Joseph Conrad, to engage with the new medium of the cinema. But starting some 30 years after his death, his fiction has reached a larger audience as a source of screenplays. Immediately after the second world war The Aspern Papers, shot in Hollywood on stylised Venetian sets, became the underrated The Lost Moment (the only film directed by the actor Martin Gabel) and was followed by William Wyler’s highly regarded The Heiress (a version of Washington Square). Since then there have been a dozen or more James movies, adapting such complex books as The Golden Bowl, The Portrait of a Lady and The Wings of the Dove, and “the Master” has attracted film-makers as different as Truffaut, whose The Green Room is an updating of The Altar of the Dead, and Michael Winner. The latter studied at Downing College, Cambridge when FR Leavis, one of James’s greatest champions, taught there, and Winner directed Marlon Brando in The Nightcomers, a prequel to The Turn …read more

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