(1997) Directed by Iain Softley. Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Alison Elliott. (102 min.) DVD. R
An impoverished beauty on the edge of polite Edwardian society schemes to leverage her charms and marry her penniless beau by befriending a gentle, ailing heiress, “the world’s richest orphan.” Within a melancholy, drizzling Venice, they pursue their labyrinthine passions through the maze of canals. Thoughtfully adapted from a story by Henry James.