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Heat and Dust / Autobiography of a Princess - The Merchant Ivory Collection
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- Autobiography of a Princess, a 55-minute film about Royal India starring James Mason and Madhur Jaffrey, directed by James Ivory and written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
- Conversation with the filmmakers, part of a new series of interviews with James Ivory, Ismail Merchant, and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and Richard Robbins
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One story is that of Olivia (Greta Scacchi), the young and beautiful wife of Douglas Rivers (Christopher Casenove), a minor district official in colonial India. The film tells of her arrival in India, newly wed and in love with her husband, her subsequent boredom with the staid, British Colonial community, and her blossoming infatuation with the Nawab (Shashi Kapoor), a very handsome and charming, local Indian prince. It is her romance with the Nawab that is to result in a life changing action, one that would forever cause a permanent rift with Douglas, changing her life forever.
The second story is that of Anne (Julie Christie), a beautiful and independent woman, a descendant of Olivia's sister. Nearly sixty years after Olivia's transgression, fascinated by the story of the deceased Olivia, Anne goes to India, visiting those locations where Olivia had lived and those which would have been a part of her existence at the time. As did Olivia, she falls under India's spell. As did Olivia, she, too, has an Anglo-Indian love affair. Hers is with her landlord, Inder Lal (Zakir Hussain). Anne's life essentially picks up where the thread of Olivia's life left off, giving the viewer a powerful sense of de-ja vu and a suggestion of reincarnation.Read more ›
Acting greats Greta Scacchi (here an ingenue) and Julie Christie (then a seasoned actress) play two women related by blood whose stories are paralled though sixty years apart. Aunt Olivia (Scacchi),a 1920's British Newlywed and her very Stayed British husband (Christopher Casanove) arrive in India at the sundown of British Colonial Rule. Civil uprising is already brewing. Gandhi is a new force on the scene. Hindi and Muslim are vying for power as British Imperialism is soon to come to an end. With this as the historical backdrop, Olivia is a young woman who finds herself willing to snub all convention and risk a scandalous affair with a Prince (or Nawab, played by Shashi Kapoor).The parallel story takes place in 1982 with grandniece Anne (Christie) fascinated in tracing Olivia's steps based on Olivia's kept correspondence by Anne's grandmother. Anne also dicovers in herself the same "wildness" that her Aunt had, and all of this is fueled by the crazy "heat and dust" that casts it's mystical and magical spell on those it touches(or so all of the men say is the problem affecting these "silly creatures"-women)This film is not without some very tongue-in-cheek wit and humour. The Nawab's mother for instance is a stitch!Read more ›
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I love Merchant Ivory films.
They take you to an India that isn't shown in Bollywood films. Always a good story.
Heat and Dust is one of my top 10 favorite movies. My taste runs to "quiet, romantic, or quirky British movies," and favorites include "Secrets and Lies" and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by PamG
Merchant and Ivory return to India to make a very British film about the British Empire; Heat and Dust is about a young modern woman who goes to India to research the life of her... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Petros
One of my favorite Indian movies showing the challenging, tense and sometimes romantic days of the Raj compared with the India of the sixties, seventies and eighties when I used to... Read morePublished on November 27, 2010 by Karen B. Bazemore
I truely loved this film, but I cannot play it in this region. I shall try to find a solution as soon as I can. Glad to have the movie, just hope I get to watch it in near future.Published on November 5, 2010 by toadhall
too slow and too false.could not stay with it maybe some other time when there is nothing to do....and no other moviesPublished on May 16, 2008 by veronica