(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. Cybill Shepherd 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.
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Cinematography by Alberto Spagnoli
Produced by Peter Bogdanovich
Production Design by Ferdinando Scarfiotti
Film Editing by Verna Fields