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Daisy Miller (1974)

In this comedy of manners, Frederick Winterbourne tries to figure out the bright and bubbly Daisy Miller, only to be helped and hindered by false judgments from their fellow friends.

Director:

Peter Bogdanovich

Writers:

Frederic Raphael (screenplay), Henry James (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cybill Shepherd ... Annie P. Miller
Barry Brown ... Frederick Winterbourne
Cloris Leachman ... Mrs. Ezra B. Miller
Mildred Natwick ... Mrs. Costello
Eileen Brennan ... Mrs. Walker
Duilio Del Prete ... Mr. Giovanelli
James McMurtry James McMurtry ... Randolph C. Miller
Nicholas Jones ... Charles
George Morfogen George Morfogen ... Eugenio
Jean-Pascal Bongard Jean-Pascal Bongard ... Hotel Receptionist Vevey
Albert Messmer Albert Messmer ... Tutor
Jacques Guhl Jacques Guhl ... Polish Boy
Hubert Geoldun Hubert Geoldun ... Polish Boy
David Bush David Bush ... Man at Chillon
Henri Hubinet Henri Hubinet ... Chillon Guide
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Storyline

It's the late nineteenth century. Annie Miller, more regularly referred to as Daisy, of Schenectady, New York, is on a grand tour of Europe with her mother, Mrs. Ezra Miller, her precocious adolescent brother, Randolph Miller, and their manservant, Eugenio. It is at their stop in Vevey, Switzerland that Daisy meets Frederick Winterbourne, an American expat studying in Geneva. Frederick has mixed emotions about Daisy. On the one hand, he is captivated by her beauty. On the other, he believes her to be uneducated and improper in her modern American attitude and behavior, she basically doing whatever she wants regardless of the possible perception of impropriety by those in Frederick's social circle. That latter view is shared by Frederick's aunt, Mrs. Costello, with who he is traveling. Conversely, Daisy finds Frederick to be stiff. Regardless, Daisy does allow Frederick to spend time with her as they move from Vevey to Rome, Italy in their individual parallel travels. Through this time... Written by Huggo

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She did as she pleased

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

24 January 1975 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Dejzi Miler See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The SS CITY OF RICHMOND was built by Tod & McGregor of Glasgow in 1873 and launched same year. Owned by the Inman Line of Liverpool, she and her sister ship, SS CITY OF CHESTER, proved popular with passengers due to the emphasis on the quality of fittings and service despite not being as fast as other vessels. It was scrapped in 1896. See more »

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Annie P. 'Daisy' Miller: I'm a terrible, frightful flirt. Did you ever hear of a nice girl that wasn't? But now I guess you'll tell me I'm not a nice girl.
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well done Bogdanovich attempt on Henry James material
2 August 2009 | by zpzjonesSee all my reviews

Henry James, like Edith Wharton, is not easy to bring to the movie screen. They are better suited to the television miniseries. I did enjoy the recent movie versions of James's "The Golden Bowl" w/Uma Thurman & Kate Beckinsale and Wharton's "The House of Mirth" w/Gillian Anderson & Laura Linney. Bogdanovich's adaptation would've made a much better PBS miniseries with the storyline stretched out & elaborated, just like the multitude of classics that were being produced for the small screen by the British in the 1970s. Bogdanovich's movie "Daisy Miller" is an excellent adaptation of a James novel. Not perfect, but somewhere on the right track. Bogdanovich gets the visuals down pat and you get the feel of 1870s Italy, certainly a lengthy trip by an American in the 1870s. For those decrying Cybil Shepherd and blaming her, please give me a break! She's 23, she has nothing more to do than to look beautiful & vulnerable and utter a few lines. A lot of her scenes she doesn't say nothing. She even dies at the end. If Shepherd had died in 1974 after this movie was released y'all would be saying she was a 'great' actress taken before her time. Instead many of you are remembering Shepherd for her off stage shenanigans, personal life, her instances in the trash tabloids, her affair with Bogdanovich etc. Who cares, she's beautiful & effective in this, which surprised even ME when I first saw the DM. I much prefer Shepherd in DM than in the Last Picture Show. The movie is sumptuously photographed. The photography is really the star here. The costumes are well done giving the aura of nothing but 1870s. As I said, this would've been much nicer in a mini-series(it still could be) where the time & pace could be spread out. Instead Bogdanovich had to whittle his movie down to a 2 hour or less running time as audiences don't like to sit through a long period piece. Bogdanovich took a chance tackling a Henry James story in the early 1970s knowing how fickle American audiences can be but he may have been influenced by the British TV imports then first arriving on US televisions. Lastly I would recommend DM, especially for lovers of costume dramas, Masterpiece Theater and the like. Give this picture at least one viewing as you may come off surprised and liking it , as I did.


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