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The Golden Bowl


Reuniting the Merchant-Prawer-Jhabvala-Ivory team with Henry James following The Europeans in 1979 and The Bostonians in 1984, The Golden Bowl is the story of two impoverished lovers (Uma Thurman and Jeremy Northam) who decide to wed for money -- she to an American billionaire (Nick Nolte), he to the billionaire's daughter (Kate Beckinsale). Concealing their relationship from both spouses, the couple carry on their clandestine relationship until it ends in tragedy partly due to her cruel manipulations. The golden bowl of the title, which plays a key role in the lovers' secrets and lies, is a beautifully crafted object with a hairline crack almost invisible to the eye.

Director James Ivory had been mulling the idea of returning to James when he began to read The Golden Bowl, the author's most difficult but also most accomplished novel. He gave up halfway through. He and screenwriter Ruth Prawer-Jhabvala turned instead to The Portrait Of A Lady and The Wings Of A Dove but when they found they had been pipped to the post by Jane Campion and Iain Softley respectively, they went back to The Golden Bowl. With backing from Miramax Films and TF1 International, the film began shooting over the summer of last year, using several spectacular locations including Syon House just outside London.

With their trademark elegance, subtlety and meticulous attention to period detail, the Merchant Ivory team won over most critics at the Cannes Film Festival where the film premiered. It will open in the US in November through Miramax Films, which will also release the film in the UK.


Type of film
James Ivory
Richard Robbins.
James Ivory.
Exec prods
Paul Bradley, Richard Hawley.
Ismail Merchant.
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, based on the novel by Henry James.
Tony Pierce Roberts.
Prod des
Andrew Sanders.
John David Allen.
Main cast
Kate Beckinsale, James Fox, Anjelica Huston, Nick Nolte, Jeremy Northam, Madeleine Potter, Uma Thurman.
Miramax Films, TF1 International.


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Last updated 24th June 2005

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