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Wed, 1 Jul 1992 09:12:00 CDT
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In response to recent query (I think the name was Ari
Kisiloff from Cornell), I would recommend highly the
Merchant-Ivory movies (_Howard's End_ and _A Room with a View_
are recent offerings, if the name seems unfamiliar). They have
made some gorgeous movies set in India. James Ivory (from
California) directs, and Ismail Merchant (from India) produces.
I can recall a couple of these movies offhand. I am sure there
are more.
1. Heat and Dust (early 1980's I think).
    Features Greta Scacchi and Shashi Kapoor.
    Superb story set in the latter years of the British raj (rule)
    in India.
2. The Shakespearewallah (mid 70's).
    Jennifer Kendall and Shashi Kapoor.
    About a travelling English theater group's adventures in
And of course, DAVID LEAN made _A Passage to India_ (based on the
novel by E.M. Forster). All of David Lean's movies are wonderful
(eg _Lawrence of Arabia_). This one should be easily available on
Also, _The Jewel in the Crown_ was an excellent BBC TV series which
was shown on PBS a few years ago. Also about the British Raj
in India.
These movies are all made from a western perspective.
- Raman (EK0RXG1@NIU)