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The Golden Bowl

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The Golden Bowl is the story of two marriages entangled in each other in a complex and almost incestuous relationship. The place is England, the years 1903 to 1909.

Prince Amerigo, an impoverished Italian aristocrat, has married Maggie, the daughter of Adam Verver, an enormously rich American Tycoon and art collector.

The Prince has had a prior love affair with another American girl, Charlotte Stant, as poor as himself. Their last outing together is in search of a wedding present for Maggie. They find a Golden Bowl but finally reject it as being flawed.

By a strange twist of fate, Charlotte marries Adam Verver, so that the lives of the four of them - Father and daughter and the two former lovers - become entwined into one family.

Bored by their new state of luxury, the Prince and Charlotte resume their old relationship. Maggie suspects and then discovers their affair through the fortuitous purchase of the same golden bowl that they had left behind.

The Prince and Charlotte may have thought to outwit the simpler and less worldly couple of father and daughter. But it is now Maggie who takes charge and manipulates the situation in an attempt to save the marriages. And finally, Maggie's father who all this time has kept his knowledge of the adulterous affair to himself, takes the decisive step that bring the story to its startling conclusion.


Type of film
35mm Fuji
James Ivory
Paul Bradley
Executive Producer
Paul Bradley
John Allen
Ruth Prawer Jhabuala (from the novel by Henry James)
Director of Photography
Tony Pierce-Roberts
David Stephenson
Richard Robbins
Principal Cast
Uma Thurman, Nick Nolte, Anjelica Huston, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Northam, James Fox


Production status


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Last updated 26th November 2005

Production Company

Merchant Ivory Productions
Contact: Paul Bradley
46 Lexington St
London W1R 3LH
Tel: 020 7437 1200
Fax: 020 7734 1579


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