Autobiography of a Princess
Shakespeare Wallah. Image courtesy Cohen Media Group
35mm Studio Vault Print
A sitar virtuoso takes an English pop star as a pupil—with predictably disruptive results—in “Merchant Ivory’s version of a sixties trip” (James Ivory). Uptal Butt, Michael York, and Rita Tushingham star in this spoof on the Western fascination with all things India.
A family of English Shakespearean actors find themselves lost in the new India in Ivory’s insightful, Chekhovian look at life, art, and cultural change. With a musical score by Satyajit Ray.
The adoring daughter (Madhur Jaffrey) of a once-powerful maharajah invites her father’s tutor (James Mason) to tea, and stories begin to flow, in Ivory’s critique of colonial memory. With shorts The Sword and the Flute and The Creation of Woman.