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Shakespeare-Wallah (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama | December 1965 (UK)
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The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays. Through their travels we see the changing face... See full summary »

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (story and screenplay) (as R. Prawer Jhabvala), James Ivory (story and screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Shashi Kapoor ... Sanju
Felicity Kendal ... Lizzie Buckingham
Geoffrey Kendal Geoffrey Kendal ... Mr. Tony Buckingham
Laura Liddell Laura Liddell ... Mrs. Carla Buckingham
Madhur Jaffrey ... Manjula
Utpal Dutt ... Maharaja
Praveen Paul Praveen Paul ... Didi
Prayag Raj Prayag Raj ... Sharmaji (as Prayag Raaj)
Pinchoo Kapoor ... Guptaji
Jim D. Tytler Jim D. Tytler ... Bobby (as Jim Tytler)
Hamid Sayani Hamid Sayani ... Headmaster's Brother
Marcus Murch Marcus Murch ... Dandy in 'The Critic'
Partap Sharma Partap Sharma ... Aslam
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The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays. Through their travels we see the changing face of India as the old is replaced by the new, Maharajas become hotel owners, sports become more important than culture and the theater is replaced by Bolliwood movies. Based on the travels of Geoffrey Kendal with his daughter Felicity Kendal. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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This film is partly autobiographical as the actors who play the Buckinghams, father, mother and daughter, had those same roles in real life as the Kendal family and had spent years in India performing Shakespeare with a touring company. The daughter, Felicity Kendal, however, was not born in India like her character in the film. See more »

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Bobby: [Speaking to Lizzie] And when you're young, you never think. And when you're old... you're too tired to think.
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Featured in Shakespeare: The Legacy (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Early Merchant-Ivory is Diamond in the Rough
24 April 2000 | by Tim-230See all my reviews

This early (if not first) Merchant-Ivory collaboration anticipates what the team was later able to do with larger budgets and color cinematography. Set in post-independence India, it tells the story of a small, though thoroughly professional traveling Shakespeare company fallen on hard times. The troop, built on the talents of the three Buckingham family members, including the young and fetching daughter Lizzie, is slowly dissolving in a culture increasingly hostile to their art and readier to worship the queens of the silly Indian pop cinema.

The main thread of the plot concerns a rather thin romance between Lizzie and a young Indian playboy quite under the thumb of a local movie vixen named Manula. Meanwhile we are given snippets from various Shakespeare plays: Hamlet, Othello, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra.

Fine B&W photography, though much in this film seems dated now.


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Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

December 1965 (UK) See more »

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Shakespeare Wallah See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,378, 12 November 2017

Gross USA:

$4,650

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,650
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1.85 : 1
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