I was more tired than I can remember feeling in a long time. So I finished Howards End tonight. I had forgotten how much I love it.
I always think of Allan when I see a European film like this with beautiful costumes and managed emotions laying just under sleek surfaces. I seem to recall him saying, "If I want to look at a painting, I will." I was probably praising Fanny and Alexander at the time. It makes me smile to think of it, but honestly, if I were to direct films, I think the films of James Ivory (and to a slightly lesser degree Ingmar Bergman) would be the kinds of films I would direct.
That is, Allan, films you would never watch. Good thing it is you who will be the film director.