Cohen Media Group is releasing a new 4K restoration of the Merchant Ivory classic “Howards End.” Set in Edwardian England, the film follows three social classes represented by three different families who are all vying for the ownership of a house, Howards End, essentially a metaphor for the future of England and its class relations. Based on the novel by E.M. Forester, “Howards End” starred Anthony Hopkins (“The Silence of the Lambs”), Vanessa Redgrave (“Julia”), Emma Thompson (“Sense and Sensibility”), Helena Bonham Carter (“Fight Club”), Samuel West (“Carrington”), and more. Watch a trailer for the restoration below.
For decades, the name “Merchant Ivory” meant high-minded quality entertainment. Founded in 1961 by producer Ismael Merchant and director James Ivory, the production company initially focused on making “English-language films in India aimed at the international market,” often adapted from novels or short stories. While the films set in India became iconic in their own right, the Merchant Ivory films of the ’80s and ’90s set in England became the company’s calling card. Films like “A Room with a View,” “Maurice,” and “The Remains of the Day” established the Merchant Ivory brand: Period pieces set in the early 20th century, featuring lavish sets and British actors playing repressed characters caught in lives of tragedy.
“Howards End” will open in New York on August 26th and Los Angeles on September 2nd.