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Autobiography of a Princess (1975)

 |  Drama  |  December 1975 (UK)
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Producer Ismael Merchant pushed for the casting of James Mason from the beginning. Director James Ivory and writer Ruth Prawa Jhabvala resisted while Merchant kept insisting. Sir Michael Redgrave, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson were offered the lead male part of Cyril Sahib but were unavailable. According to Ivory: "Finally he just cast it. He sent Mason the script and he cast him anyway. When we heard about it, we were very alarmed, but from the first moment that Mason worked on the film, he was perfection. See more »

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a two-hander tour de force helped by documentary footage
29 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

On the face of it, this film, an early effort from the Merchant-Ivory team, does not sound that interesting. Madhur Jaffrey plays an Indian princess exiled from her homeland and living in a London flat, where she plays hostess once a year to her late father's secretary, Cyril (James Mason).

Together they reminisce about the past and watch old films of the height of the Royal India and the days of the Raj. It is the use of this documentary film which makes 'Autobiography of a Princess' interesting. The characters themselves, the Princess and the secretary, both have their own ingrained prejudices and recollections, and neither really gain our sympathy.

However, the acting from both Jaffrey and Mason is outstanding and these characters really do live on the screen, warts and all.


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