Heat & Dust 15

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DIRECTOR James Ivory
CAST Julie Christie, Greta Scacchi, Shashi Kapoor, Christopher Casenove

Merchant-Ivory’s glorious epic of self-discovery, in the 1920s and the 1980s, returns to the big screen with its lush evocation of the beauty of India.

Cross-cutting between the 1920s and the 1980s, Merchant Ivory’s epic of self-discovery is also a lush evocation of the sensuous beauty of India. Anne (Julie Christie), a young historical researcher in the 1980s, inherits letters written by her great aunt Olivia (Greta Scacchi) in the 1920s, and becomes obsessed with their revelation of an exotic and sensual past. Directed with charm and boasting fine performances, this is a beautiful evocation of colonial and contemporary India.
(1983 UK 124 mins)

Heat and Dust contains wonderful sights and sounds and textures. It is seductive, treating both of its love stories with seriousness; these are not romances, but decisions to dissent. It is fully at home in its times and places (the director, James Ivory, and the producer, Ismail Merchant, have spent 20 years making films about the British in India). And when it is over, we’re a little surprised to find that it is angry, too. Angry that women of every class and every system, women British and Indian, Women of the 1920s and of the 1980s, are always just not quite the same caste as men.  Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com

BBFC advice: Contains moderate sex references, nudity, discrimination, sexual threat, violence
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