The Far Pavilions
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"Pomp, pageantry, and adventure" --Houston Chronicle
"Opulent … and glitteringly picturesque" --The Washington Post
As seen on HBO
Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire) and Amy Irving (Crossing Delancey) star in this haunting love story set against the spectacular sweep of battle, treachery, and intrigue in the India of the British Raj.
Born to British parents but raised as Indian, Ashton Pelham-Martyn returns to India as a young military officer, where he fights both local unrest and the cultural prejudices of society. Struggling to reconcile his place in two different worlds, he finds happiness with his childhood sweetheart, Indian princess Anjuli--but she is promised to marry another man. From the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas to the fabled palaces of Bhithor, M.M. Kaye’s evocative novel is brought to life in this stunning and lavish production.
The all-star cast also features Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings), Omar Sharif (Lawrence of Arabia), Rupert Everett (The Importance of Being Earnest), and Sir John Gielgud (Gandhi).
M.M. Kaye biography and book list
Top Customer Reviews
Returning to India many years later as a young man, Ash becomes a part of a British regiment called the Guides. He has some difficulties adjusting, as he is not an Englishman comfortable in his own skin, as he also feels that is Indian in many ways, a view that brings him into conflict with the way the native Indian population is viewed by the British. Meanwhile, Anjuli has continued living as a half caste Indian princess. She and Ash have not seen each other since he and his foster Indian mother fled, and she has no idea that Ash is not Indian, but British.
The film is an amazing cornucopia of adventure, derring do, and romance. It provides a tantalizing glimpse into colonial India. All of this, however, merely serves to propel the story towards the uniting of Ash and Anjuli, as the film is, first and foremost, a love story set against the romantic and lush backdrop of colonial India. When the paths of these star crossed lovers intersect, it is under a most unusual set of circumstances. It is a story that will keep the viewer riveted to the screen.Read more ›
PAVILIONS was partially shot the state of Jaipur in India and many of the buildings shown in various scenes date from the Mogul dynasty. In case you don't know, the Moguls reigned before the British came to India in the 1600s. I'm sure the buildings destroyed in the fighting scenes between Afghans and British and Indian soldiers were sets, but they too are quite good.
The shots of the marriage procession from Rawalpindi displays a cast of hundreds with plenty of livestock including gaily painted elephants. When one of the princesses says she's sick from riding in the royal litter mounted on the back of an elephant I can see why. The darn things bobble about like corks on a wind-swept pond. The marriage journey takes several days and includes Indian-style camping scenes that are both frightening and intriguing. I was sure someone was going to be stomped by one of those big elephant feet, but true to form the British soldier (Ashe) takes charge and gets the camp sqared away.
In spite of the fine cinematograpy, I can't give the DVD 5 stars. PAVILIONS is a fluffy action/romance tale not high art. Sorry if that sounds snobby, but JEWEL IN THE CROWN ruined me. That's the reason you should never read good literature--it ruins you for the "good read' which I am sure PAVILION is. So, if you enjoyed the book you will probably love the DVD.
I found the plot incredibly predictable and thin. Ashe/Ashtok and Anjuli have far too much access to each other.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The HBO mini-series, all though an adaptation of the original book, is still a beautiful and lavish production that I enjoy watching over and over again. Read morePublished 19 days ago by uppereastsidegal
An understated journey through British India,The Far Pavilions delivers gut wrenching performances by Amy Irving and Ben Cross. Read morePublished 1 month ago by alessandra
Loved the story. This film is so old that the color has bleached away. The actors are terrific, especially Omar Shariff.Published 1 month ago by mariposah
I read the book years ago. The production to film is quite spectacular. Shooting it on location
just adds to the story line. Read more
Had not seen this movie since high school and was so glad I found it. Awesome !!!!! movie, love it. Makes me appreciate Ben Cross's talent even more than before.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer