I got teary-eyed when they showed a picture of Ruth in the In Memoriam segment. Her adaptation of A Room With A View is simply one of the best adaptations of any book I’ve ever seen.
One of the reasons why I love that adaptation is because the people involved - including Ruth - absolutely adored…
Damn. I missed this. Bless you for this post.
There was, of course, an exception to Ruth’s admiration for Forster – but, even there, she input into the Maurice script in the background, uncredited.
From what I know, they initially had her in mind to write the screenplay for Maurice, because that was what they usually did. Ruth often wrote the screenplays, Jim Ivory directed them, and Ismail Merchant produced them. I think she didn’t do it because she was working on a novel at the time, and she figured this area wasn’t her background. Instead, Jim Ivory and Kit-Hesketh-Harvey wrote the screenplay, and honestly, they did an amazing job. Not only did they adapt it brilliantly, but they also changed what needed to be changed in order for it to work on film (i.e., the whole thing with Risley getting caught). Most of the dialogue is Forster’s, but the dialogue Jim and Kit wrote was fantastic.
I'm a fan of the following things:
Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Avatar and Korra, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Merlin, E.M. Forster and anything Merchant Ivory related.
I also make gifs, mostly of Maurice and A Room With A View.
PS, any gifs I've made are tagged under 'my gifs', and my Maurice and A Room With A View ones are also tagged under 'maurice gifs' and 'a room with a view gifs'.