THE REMAINS OF THE DAY (1993)
Another remarkable achievement from Merchant/Ivory. Based on a brilliant and moving novel, this film benefits greatly from having two exceptional actors in their prime deliver such layered and achingly heart-breaking roles - Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. The film is also a master class in understatement. Jhabvala is widely regarded as the finest screenwriter for adaptation and her work here is a testament to that esteemed position. A broom, book or wine bottle can hold such nuanced and complex significance, that the result is devastating in its subtlety. It's a restrained and expertly crafted film. Both grand and minimalist at the same time, while capturing love at its most heart-wrenching. In the end, the talent accumulated here (including producer Mike Nichols) makes the end result, simply put, a masterpiece.
Director: James Ivory