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The Householder (The Sword and the Flute / The Creation of Woman) (The Merchant Ivory Collection) (2004)

Shashi Kapoor , Leela Naidu , James Ivory  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Shashi Kapoor, Leela Naidu, Durga Khote, Achala Sachdev, Harindranath Chattopadhyay
  • Directors: James Ivory
  • Writers: James Ivory, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Producers: James Ivory, Ismail Merchant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: The Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001GH5SS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Householder (The Sword and the Flute / The Creation of Woman) (The Merchant Ivory Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Sword and the Flute (1959), director James Ivory's second documentary short film, about Indian miniature painting
  • The Creation of Woman (1960), the first short film produced by Ismail Merchant, starring legendary Indian dancer Bhaskar Roy Chaudhuri
  • Conversation with the filmmakers, part of a new series of interviews with Ismail Merchant and James Ivory

Editorial Reviews

Merchant Ivory Productions, The Criterion Collection, and Home Vision Entertainment are proud to present The Merchant Ivory Collection

The Householder is the story of a shy, young, underpaid Delhi schoolteacher (Shashi Kapoor) who marries and then, little by little, gets to know his young wife during their first year together. She is a charmer with a mind of her own, yet is as little prepared for marriage as he. Their story is full of a variety of subtle but shining pleasures and charming touches of humor. The characters they encounter are unforgettable, especially his mother-in-law, a tearful tyrant who comes to live with them, and the platitudinous headmaster and obsequious senior master at the school. The wonder of this story derived from the culture of modern, middle-class India is that it is able to transcend national boundaries and relate to the problems common to young couples everywhere. This landmark film also marks the first collaboration between producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory, and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (adapting her acclaimed novel for the screen), a productive artistic relationship that has continued for forty years and produced many award-winning films.

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film!! March 21, 2003
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This is a great film from India about a newlywed husband being troubled by his independent wife who seeks advice from his overbearing mother and his American friend.It's a must see great film!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect the usual Merchant-Ivory quality! February 19, 2006
This movie has a low-budget, homemade feel to it. I guess it was one of their very first films. It's in black and white and the sound quality is so poor that sometimes it's difficult to understand what the characters are saying. The Indian background music is often shrill and jarring, like fingernails on a blackboard. Also, the acting seemed pretty amateurish to me. The story is quite slow, too, and for me it dragged a bit. I would say this is only for the SERIOUS Merchant-Ivory scholar!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Working Team July 5, 2007
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The Ivory-Merchant-Jhabvala team established a particular style in their film productions. This film and HEAT AND DUST are even more special because they are based on novels written by Jhabvala herself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old gold. July 16, 2014
This old classic is a nostalgic tour de force for movie buffs. Having first seen it when it came out in 1962, I wanted to own the DVD. Shashi Kapoor appears vulnerable yet endearing youth. Leela Naidu's understated beauty in this black and white movie is something to behold. Merchant and Ivory were introduced to millions of movie goers by this movie to Ruth Prawar Jhabwala's fiction.
Enjoyed it again after many decades.
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