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Autobiography of Princess (The Merchant Ivory Collection) (DVD)

Autobiography of Princess (The Merchant Ivory Collection) (DVD)

Autobiography of Princess (The Merchant Ivory Collection) (DVD)


Madhur Jaffrey
Excel Productions Audio Visuals Pvt. Ltd.(2008)
55 mins. Approx.

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About the DVD

Starring :
James Mason, Madhur Jafrrey, Keith Varnier, Diane Fletcher, Timothy Bateson Johnny Stuart, Nazrul Rahman

Merchant Ivory Productions presents
Director: James Ivory
Screenplay: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Photography: Walter Lassally
Editor: Humphrey Dixon
Music: VIC Flick
Producer: Ismail Merchant

An Indian princess (Madhur Jaffrey), a long divorced and living in self-enforced exile in London, invites her Father’s ex-tutor, Cyril Sahib (James Mason), to an annual tea party, intended to celebrate a happier past, where the two watch old movie footage of royal India.

The Princess reviews her memories selectively: she sees their long-vanished, fun –filled world, dominated by his dazzling father, through a haze of nostalgia, and she tries to wheedle her guest into writing a book about it. Cyril Sahib has a different view both of their common past and of her father, the Maharaja. He recalls the ceremonial occasions, the weddings and funerals, the pig-sticking expeditions, the pranks and practical jokes with distaste, even horror at the surfeit and brutality. And he remembers the dashing Maharaja – to his adoring daughter almost a surrogate lover – as manipulative and often cruel, his later years soiled y a sordid sex scandal in London.

In this perfect, tightly written film of memory and character exploration, James Mason gives one of the finest portrayals of his career, almost a kind of valedictory performance as the articulate and self-aware Cyril Sahib. Madhur Jaffrey, a favourite Merchant Ivory actress, is no less affecting as the imperious but befuddled, and finally tragically isolated, Princess.

Special Features:
About the Film Autobiographies
Short Film: Sweet Sounds
Colour Mode: Colour
Disc format: DVD-9
Audio content: Dolby Digital
Region Code: PAL
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Genre: Drama


1. Opening Credits
2. The Wrong Place
3. Pig Sticking
4. Through Their Eyes
5. At The Beginning
6. More Tea
7. Getting Along
8. End Credits

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