Emma’s role: Margaret ‘Meg’ Schlegel
Directed by: James Ivory
Screenplay by: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Original novel by: E.M. Forster
Release date: US – 13 March 1992, UK – 1 May 1992
Anthony Hopkins – Henry Wilcox
Vanessa Redgrave – Ruth Wilcox
Helena Bonham Carter – Helen Schlegel
James Wilby – Charles Wilcox
Samuel West – Leonard Bast
Encounter of three social classes of the England at the beginning of the century: the victorian capitalists (the Wilcoxes) considering themselves as aristocrats, whose only god is money; the enlightened bourgeois (the Schlegels), humanistic and philanthropist; and the workers (the Basts), fighting to survive. The Schlegel sisters’ humanism will be torn apart as they try both to softly knock down the Wilcox’s prejudices and to help the Basts.
Tilda Swinton, Phoebe Nicholls and Joely Richardson were also considered for the part of Margaret Schlegel, but Emma Thompson was cast after being suggested by Simon Callow.