Daisy Miller 1974 G CC

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In this version of Henry James's novella "Daisy Miller", a young, bright, and bubbly 19th Century American girl on her Grand Tour of Europe meets a fellow American, Frederick Winterbourne.

Starring:
Cybill Shepherd, Barry Brown
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Daisy Miller

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Peter Bogdanovich
Starring Cybill Shepherd, Barry Brown
Supporting actors Cloris Leachman, Mildred Natwick, Eileen Brennan, Duilio Del Prete, James McMurtry, Nicholas Jones, George Morfogen, Jean-Pascal Bongard, Albert Messmer, Jacques Guhl, Hubert Geoldun, David Bush, Henri Hubinet, Maurizio Lucci, Tom Felleghy, Luigi Gabellone, John Bartha, Amedeo Salamon
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Simply enough, the film was boring and I would never care to waste time with it again.
"kfaulk211"
Daisy's free-spirited lifestyle clashes with the social sensibilities of the era as she exposes her family to scandal and disgrace.
Byron Kolln
Barry Brown, Eileen Brennan, Cloris Leachman and especially Mildred Natwick shine in supporting roles.
Timothy Hulsey

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mark D Burgh on 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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Chris Leidig on 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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2004
Format: DVD
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 5, 2006
Format: DVD
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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