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Heat and Dust (1983)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  January 1983 (UK)
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Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. The search leads back to the early 1920s, when Olivia, recently married to ... See full summary »

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Douglas Rivers, the Assistant Collector (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
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Olivia, his wife (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
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Crawford, the District Collector (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
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Mrs. Crawford, the Burra Mensahib (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
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Saunders, the Medical Officer (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Jennifer Kendal ...
Mrs. Saunders (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Shashi Kapoor ...
The Nawab (At the Palace in Khatm)
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Begum Mussarat Jahan, the Nawab's mother (At the Palace in Khatm)
Nickolas Grace ...
Harry Hamilton-Paul (At the Palace in Khatm)
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Major Minnies, the Political Agent (At the Palace in Khatm)
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Anne (1982. In Satipur Town)
Zakir Hussain ...
Inder Lal, Anne's landlord (1982. In Satipur Town)
Ratna Pathak ...
Ritu, Inder Lal's wife (1982. In Satipur Town)
Tarla Mehta ...
Inder Lal's mother (1982. In Satipur Town)
Charles McCaughan ...
Chid (1982. In Satipur Town)
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Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. The search leads back to the early 1920s, when Olivia, recently married to Douglas, a civil servant in the colonial administration, comes to live with him in India. Slowly, Olivia becomes fascinated by India and by the local ruler, a nawab who combines British distinction with Indian pomp and ruthlessness. This fascination is not without risks: the region is being ransacked by a group of sanguinary bandits, and intrigues are opposing the prejudiced British community led by Major Minnies and Dr. Saunders against the nawab. As Anne delves into the history of her grand-aunt, she is led to reconsider her own life. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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My brief review of the film
24 July 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

As per usual, James Ivory captures a good feel for the period and setting, helped by, as usual, a fitting Richard Robbins score. As a cultural study, it has some things to say, with an insight into the culture of the indigenous Indian population, but it conveys little in the way of messages, as the screenplay is awfully convoluted, not helped by switching between different narrators and time periods. Some of the supporting characters are not defined well either, and there are a few lethargic gaps between events in the tale. The filming on-location is great, and generally it is all rather well made, but it pales against the work that Merchant-Ivory would produce later on, as this simply is not near a perfect film.


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