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The Dance of Shiva (1998)

In the trenches of the Western Front in 1915, a British army chaplain is forced to question his faith as he witnesses hundreds of Hindu soldiers risking their lives daily for the Empire.

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Jamie Payne

Writer:

Joseph Miller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Sgt. Bakshi
Kenneth Branagh ... Col. Evans
Julian Glover ... Gen. Willis
Paul McGann ... Capt. Greville
Samuel West ... Lt. Davis
Clare Burt Clare Burt ... Sister
Malcolm Ridley Malcolm Ridley ... Lt. Frewer
Wayne Cater Wayne Cater ... Cpl. Wright
Patrick Cash Patrick Cash ... British Gunner
Richard Christopher Richard Christopher ... Sgt. Allen
Stephan Erdman ... Gunner 1
Marshall Griffin ... Adjutant
Nayesh Radia Nayesh Radia ... Pvt. Velu
Robin Sebastian ... Capt. Oliver
Matthew Wolf ... Lieutenant Reichmann
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In the trenches of the Western Front in 1915, a British army chaplain is forced to question his faith as he witnesses hundreds of Hindu soldiers risking their lives daily for the Empire.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1998 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Epiphany Productions See more »
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Superb Short Film
3 April 2004 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I`ve never been a fan of short films . Never have been never will be , but the technical aspects of THE DANCE OF THE SHIVA are superb like the scene where the Indian NCO braves shell fire to save a British officer . In fact I could spend a lot of time praising the technical aspects of this short but I won`t bother , I`ll just recommend you watch this to understand why I like it . I should perhaps also mention the script by Joseph Miller contains scenes that pull the rug from under the audience like " the hospital scene in India " at the end , and praise too that Miller hasn`t painted these Hindu warriors as victims of white European imperalism either . In fact I was shocked to see that neither Miller or director Jaime Payne haven`t gone onto do more in their careers which is a pity because they do have obvious talent

As a footnote I was also shocked to see that two voters on this board have awarded DANCE OF THE SHIVA one out of ten . What ? These two voters think this short film is the worst thing they have ever seen ? I guess they must be from Pakistan


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