Howards End

Howard's End DVD coverThe Merchant Ivory classic Howards End was released in 1992 by Sony Pictures Classics and stars Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter and Anthony Hopkins.  An English drama based on the novel E.M. Forster, Howards End tells the story of three families in different social classes, the upper-class Wilcoxes, the middle-class Schlegels and the lower-class Basts, and shows how their lives intersect over the course of a few years.  When the matriarch of the Wilcoxes leaves their beloved country house, Howard’s End, to a member of the Schlegels, tempers flare and a fight ensues over who is the rightful heir to the house.  A touching and reflective view of a stratified society struggling to find a common humanity.