EW Staff
November 14, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Golden Bowl

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
134 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/27/01
Wide Release Date
05/18/01
performer
Kate Beckinsale, Nick Nolte, Jeremy Northam, Uma Thurman, James Fox, Anjelica Huston, Madeleine Potter
director
James Ivory
Producers
Merchant/Ivory Films
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

Soap opera fans, rejoice! the bold and the beautiful are at it again, thanks to the latest Henry James adaptation, the third brought to you by the Merchant Ivory team, who know a good corset when they lace one. ”The Golden Bowl” overflows with social machinations and thwarted love and stars Nolte and Beckinsale as an American father and daughter living in Europe.

When the daughter marries a prince (Northam) and discovers his affair with the ravishing Charlotte (Thurman), all well mannered hell breaks loose. ”I liked making a film in which lying and cheating and dishonesty are sort of the driving forces of the drama,” says Ivory. ”It was fun to do a movie that’s driven by the worst kinds of motives.” GOOD SIGN Gorgeous people living fabulous lives — works for us. THEN AGAIN Word from Cannes suggests that alas, the accessories are more exciting than the actors.

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