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Autobiography of a Princess (1975)

On the anniversary of her father's death, an Indian princess (Madhur Jaffrey) celebrates his memory in her London apartment by having tea and showing a selection of home movies to her guest... See full summary »

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James Ivory

Writer:

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (as R. Prawer Jhabvala)
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Cast

Cast overview:
James Mason ... Cyril Sahib
Madhur Jaffrey ... The Princess
Keith Varnier Keith Varnier ... Delivery Man
Diane Fletcher Diane Fletcher ... Blackmailer
Timothy Bateson ... Blackmailer
Johnny Stuart Johnny Stuart ... Blackmailer
Nazrul Rahman Nazrul Rahman ... Papa
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On the anniversary of her father's death, an Indian princess (Madhur Jaffrey) celebrates his memory in her London apartment by having tea and showing a selection of home movies to her guest, her father's old tutor Cyril Sahib (James Mason).

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Autobiografia de uma Princesa See more »

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Kensington, London, England, UK See more »

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Mono

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One of few Merchant Ivory Productions (MIP) made for television. Such MIP TV productions include Autobiography of a Princess (1975), The Wandering Company (1984), Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978) and Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization (1972). See more »

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a two-hander tour de force helped by documentary footage
29 August 2007 | by didi-5See 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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