Charles S. Cohen, Chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group, today announced that CMG will release Merchant Ivory Productions’ Academy Award-nominated
THE BOSTONIANS (1984) was the second of three handsomely mounted Henry James adaptations by the team of producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, following 1979’s The Europeansand preceding The Golden Bowl(2000).
Academy Award-winning actresses Jessica Tandy, Vanessa Redgrave and Linda Hunt headline an all-star cast alongside Christopher Reeve in this adaptation of James’s 1886 novel of political intrigue and forbidden romance in post-Civil War Boston. Olive Chancellor (Redgrave, The Aspern Papers, Howards End)finds her infatuation with young activist Verena Tarrant (Madeleine Potter, Slaves of New York)challenged by a Southern lawyer (Reeve, Superman)who also loves her. An intricately drawn study of the impact of women’s suffrage on society, THE BOSTONIANS is also a lush evocation of the late 19th century, with dazzling cinematography by Walter Lassally (Zorba the Greek)and a memorable score by frequent Merchant Ivory collaborator Richard Robbins.
“From its opening shot to last, a rare delight … acted to passionate perfection,” wrote The New York Times’influential critic Vincent Canby. Roger Ebert called the film “intelligent and subtle and open to the underlying tragedy of a woman who does not know what she wants, a man who does not care what he wants, and a girl who does not need what she wants.” The Boston Globe‘s Michael Blowen praised the “brilliant cast” and called THE BOSTONIANS “one of the best films of the year.”
THE BOSTONIANS received two Academy Award nominations, for Best Actress (Vanessa Redgrave) and Costume Design (Jenny Beavan, John Bright). Redgrave was named Best Actress by the National Society of Film Critics.
Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include a new interview with director James Ivory, “Conversations from the Quad: James Ivory on The Bostonians,” the original trailer and the 2018 re-release trailer.