Daisy Miller (1974)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

USA, 1974.  Copa del Oro, The Directors Company.  Screenplay by , based on the story by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Peter Bogdanovich.  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1974National Board of Review Awards 1974.  

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 Cloris Leachman as her mother to Eileen Brennan and Mildred Natwick 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.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Richa Kedia says:

    I’ve read the book but not seen the movie and after reading your review I guess its not worth a watch at all!!

    1. henryjames77 says:

      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.

    2. henryjames77 says:

      And Thank you for visiting!

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