Daisy Miller


(out of 5)

The reign of Peter Bogdanovich as a notable seventies filmmaker was pretty much over when he released this wooden adaptation of Henry James’s novel.  makes a notably awful heroine as a young turn-of-the-century American girl who scandalizes European society with her forward and unconventional ways. The supporting cast is chock full of terrific performances, from  as her mother to  and  as other upper-class women, but Shepherd’s shallow performance and the leaden pace kill it completely. Shepherd seems to think that speaking her dialogue very quickly instantly makes the character witty, but she never seems to know what it is that she’s saying. Lovely costumes as well, but despite all the positive aspects there is nothing good enough to make this film worth watching.

Copa del Oro, The Directors Company

USA, 1974

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the story by

Cinematography by

Produced by Peter Bogdanovich

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1974

4 thoughts on “Daisy Miller

    • I promise you it is not. The best Henry James movie (not including play adaptations like The Heiress) is The Portrait of a Lady, but The Bostonians is worthwhile, and The Europeans is only somewhat successful (as is Washington Square). The Wings Of The Dove is terrific, The Golden Bowl is AWFUL. This is by far the worst, though.

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