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Daisy Miller (1974)

Cybill Shepherd , Barry Brown , Peter Bogdanovich  |  G |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cybill Shepherd, Barry Brown, Cloris Leachman, Mildred Natwick, Eileen Brennan
  • Directors: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Writers: Frederic Raphael, Henry James
  • Producers: Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009RXKB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,972 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Daisy Miller" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Introduction and commentary by director Peter Bogdanovich

Editorial Reviews

An adaptation of the Henry James novella of the same name, DAISY MILLER stars Cybill Shepherd as the title character, a beautiful American girl whose headstrong ways create quite a stir in European society during the 1800s. Drawn to European aristocrat Frederick Winterbourne (Brown) and the suave Italian Mr. Giovanelli (Del Prete), Daisy’s American ways slowly clash with continental etiquette and concern her mother, Ms. Ezra B. Miller (Leachman), who tries to persuade her to act more like a proper lady. Ultimately snubbed by Roman high society, Daisy’s un-ladylike conduct eventually ends in tragedy.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Masterpiece - James Captured. February 23, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Peter Bogdanovich chose to make an historical costume film in 1973 against all commerical and critical trends, yet looking at his earlier films, Last Picture Show, What's Up Doc, and Paper Moon, it's not hard to say that all he did direct were historical films--even What's Up Doc has it's roots in the 1930's. Henry James portrait of the quintessential American girl of 1876 struck many as anachronistic, and further allowed the animus arising from Bogdanovich's and Shephard's personal lives cloud their judgement about this film.
I think they are all wrong. Cybil Shephard does a remarkable job as Daisy Miller, capturing every maddening nuance that James wrote in his novel. Her performance is shaded, funny, and moving, especially among the group of talented actors surrounding her on this film. In fact, there is no performer who is miscast or does poorly in the film.
A large part of the reason this film works so well is that Bogdanovich and Frederic Raphael stuck closley to James' original text, adding little and fleshing out only in a few key scenes. The use of the actual places James set the story also add the force of the work.
I like this film better than the Ivory-Merchant versions of Henry James -The Bostonians - The Europeans - mainly because, unlike Bogdanovich - they seem to have little joy in the actual shooting of a film, whereas Bogdanovich's shot choice and blocking stem from his love of cinema and his knowledge of the art.
Daisy Miller is a lost film which anyone interested in the art should watch. Reading the James novel before viewing this helps, but this film captures the book so well, reading the James may not be as necessary as for other adaptations.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cybill Shepherd shines November 18, 2000
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Cybilll Shepherd shines in this adaption of Henry James's story, "Daisy Miller." She gives an authentic performance as an American girl who is not wise to the ways of gentile society. You feel for her as she continues to make mistakes in this group of "aristocrats." Bogdanovich caputres the period remarkably well, and the cinematography is breathtaking. The Late Barry Brown, Cloris LEachman, Eileen Brennan and Mildred Natwick are on hand in supporting performances. This is an underrated gem that is ripe for discovery.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated May 22, 2004
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After reading about the bad press that this film received when it opened, I was quite reluctant to watch it but I loved the story too much not to. I'm glad I decided to do so, the film is beautifully filmed (mostly on location)and beautifully costumed, with a very good cast. The supporting players are superb especially Cloris Leachman and Mildred Natwick. The two leads took some more time to get used to. Possibly because I always expect people to speak with British accents in period pictures, I initially found their Midwestern sounding accents quite jarring and anachronistic. That feeling never entirely faded until the last third of the film. Cybill Sheperd speaks incredibly fast, but as Bogdanovich explains on the commentary track, this was how women spoke back then and how the character spoke in the book. Nevertheless, it is quite jarring. Cybill Sheperd really does a very good job as Daisy Miller,though, especially in those shots where she doesn't speak but merely looks at Winterbourne, she really communicates everything the character feels and is through those looks. Barry Brown didn't seem to me to fit the role of a sophisticated gentleman, but he and Shepard do have some chemistry. This is really a very good film, 4 for the film itself but along with the excellent commentary by Bogdanovich the DVD, it deserves a 5.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "She was the most innocent" June 5, 2006
Peter Bogdanovich's screen version of the classic Henry James novella DAISY MILLER, originally panned and dismissed by most film critics upon it's original release in 1974, has now thankfully started to receive the recognition and praise that it justly deserves. No doubt this new DVD release will be welcomed by fans and embraced by newcomers alike as they enter Daisy's magical world.

Cybill Shepherd stars as an upper-class American girl on holiday in Europe circa. 1876, who falls in love with expatriate Winterbourne (Barry Brown) a cold and detached man who does not (or cannot) register or return her feelings of admiration and love. Daisy's free-spirited lifestyle clashes with the social sensibilities of the era as she exposes her family to scandal and disgrace. Some fine support from Cloris Leachman, Eileen Brennan, Mildred Natwick, Duilio Del Prete; and lavish location footage from Switzerland and Italy add immeasurably to the story.

At the time of the original release, much of the critical poison was aimed unfairly at Cybill Shepherd (Bogdanovich's partner and protege at the time), who was actually perfect casting for the title role. If one goes back to the Henry James story and then revisits the movie, the similarities are innumerable. Shepherd personifies James' heroine to a tee and gives a mesmerising performance.

Paramount's DVD includes a new interview with director Peter Bogdanovich, as well as an audio commentary with him.
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1.0 out of 5 stars boring
The movie is rather boring in fact we didn't even finish it, if you want a good movie to take a nice nap to this would be it
Published 6 months ago by dan fliehs
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie That Benefits from Repeated Viewings
I wrote about DAISY MILLER in my book ADAPTING HENRY JAMES FOR THE SCREEN (2006). After a six-year gap, I returned to the movie recently, and understood once more just what an... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable
What were they thinking?
Shepherd plays Daisy as if she were a southern belle, talking way too fast and without any charm. Read more
Published on July 2, 2012 by Steve Sando
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film - Sadly Neglected
I've seen several film adaptations of Henry James' works, and Peter Bogdanovich's "Daisy Miller" is one of the best. Read more
Published on June 22, 2009 by Gary H. Inbinder
1.0 out of 5 stars No thanks...
What a stupid movie! Cybil Shepard talks WAY too fast to enjoy any of her dialog. The point of the movie is to show how uppety high society could be back then but I couldn't help... Read more
Published on January 10, 2008 by Michelle Polk
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 4 Plus 1 for Courage
This film is remarkable. It is not James, however close to the original plot it may dance. I don't believe with others that this film is a masterpiece. Read more
Published on April 20, 2007 by Dragon Irish
5.0 out of 5 stars Daisy Miller is a masterpiece.
This is one of the greatest film made by Peter Bogdanovich. Daisy Miller is a profond, deep and sad movie. Made in the style of George Cukor. Read more
Published on January 15, 2007 by Mr Thonnatte
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Film but Not a Masterpiece
It seems people either love this film or hate it. I stand, somewhat in the middle. The movie is an adaptation of Henry James' 1878 novella of the same name. Read more
Published on December 19, 2006 by Kyle Pratt
2.0 out of 5 stars More career suicide note than movie
Every so often a film commits suicide before your very eyes. You've heard the rumors of course, but when you see it start you don't quite believe it - after all, the film looks... Read more
Published on November 15, 2006 by Trevor Willsmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Daisy Miller
Based on a short story by Henry James, about an expatriate American living in Europe. Daisy Miller, her mother, and her little brother. All incurable chatterboxes. Read more
Published on August 27, 2006
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