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Heat and Dust

1983 | India | 122 min | English
Directed by - James Ivory
Produced by - Ismail Merchant
Screenplay - Ruth Pawar Jhabvala (based on a Booker prize winning novel by Ruth Pawar Jhabvala).
Cast - Greta Scacchi, Julie Christie, Shashi Kapoor.
Genres: Drama, Romance

Post-Screening discussion with director James Ivory and actress Madhur Jaffrey

Synopsis: Heat and Dust follows a pair of intertwined stories about two Englishwomen living in India more than fifty years apart. In 1923, Olivia (Greta Scacchi) shares an uninspired marriage with Douglas Rivers (Christopher Cazenove), an English civil servant in the colonial India of the 1920s, which leads to her embarking on an affair with Nawab of Khatm (Shashi Kapoor), a romantic but decadent minor Indian prince. In 1982, Anne (Julie Christie), Olivia's grand-niece, travels to India to unravel the mystery of Olivia’s life, which her family regarded as "some thing dark and terrible." While there, Anne discovers—and then seems to repeat—the scandal that her independent-minded ancestor caused two generations before, prompting Anne to re-assert her own independence five decades later.

Shashi Kapoor Born in Calcutta, India in 1938, during the British Raj, Shashi Kapoor is a member of the famed Kapoor family, a film dynasty in India’s Bollywood cinema. A prolific stage-trained actor, Kapoor spent much of the early part of his career performing in his father Prithviraj Kapoor’s company’s plays and films and his actor-director brother Raj Kapoor’s movies. He has appeared in more than 200 Indian films, but remains best known across the world for his performances in Merchant-Ivory’s productions, including The Householder, Shakespeare Wallah, Bombay Talkie, Heat and Dust and The Deceivers. Kapoor has also worked as a film director and assistant director in the Hindi cinema. Retired since 1999, Kapoor was awarded the 2014 Dadasaheb Phalke Award, making him the third member of his family to receive the highest award in Indian Cinema, following his father and brother.

Director: James Ivory was born in Berkeley, California and educated at the University of Oregon, where he majored in Architecture and Fine Arts. His first film, which he wrote, photographed and produced, was Venice: Theme and Variations, a half-hour documentary made as a thesis film for a degree in cinema from the University of Southern California. James Ivory received the 2018 Oscar for Best Screenplay for “Call Me By Your Name”.

In 1961, Ivory teamed up with Ismail Merchant to form Merchant Ivory Productions, with their films for the most part directed by Ivory and produced by Merchant. Ivory’s first theatrical feature for the newly formed company was The Householder, based on an early novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Jhabvala also wrote the script, her first in what was to become an ongoing collaboration with Merchant Ivory. The Householder holds the distinction of being the first Indian film to be distributed worldwide by a major American Company, Columbia Pictures.

Reviews:
https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/heat-and-dust-1983
https://www.nytimes.com/1983/09/15/movies/screen-heat-and-dust-set-in-india.html
https://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/heat-and-dust
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-heat-and-dust-review-20170831-story.html

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