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Bombay Talkie
     

Bombay Talkie

Director: James Ivory, Jennifer Kendal, Shashi Kapoor, Zia Mohyeddin

Cast: James Ivory, Jennifer Kendal, Shashi Kapoor, Zia Mohyeddin

 

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Bombay Talkie was, together with Shakespeare Wallah, the property that brought worldwide recognition to the Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team. Jennifer Kendal plays a British writer, seeking out new adventures in India. The writer comes across actor Shashi Kapoor and his director Zia Mohyeddin and has romantic relations with both, thereby opening up a

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Bombay Talkie was, together with Shakespeare Wallah, the property that brought worldwide recognition to the Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team. Jennifer Kendal plays a British writer, seeking out new adventures in India. The writer comes across actor Shashi Kapoor and his director Zia Mohyeddin and has romantic relations with both, thereby opening up a culture-clash can of worms. The script is by Merchant-Ivory perennial Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Bombay Talkie sounds better in concept than it appears in execution. The potential for exploring culture clashes between East and West, the artificial but seductive world of filmmaking, and the complexities of a three-person romantic relationship are enormous, but the Merchant-Ivory-Jhabvala team make the fatal mistake of creating a trio of unlikable characters who aren't even interesting as satirical subjects. Perhaps this is the real problem with this film; it can't make its mind over how to portray the self-defeating illusions of the actor Vikram (Shashi Kapoor), the British writer Lucia (Jennifer Kendal), and the aspiring poet Hari (Zia Mohyeddin). Are they objects of scorn or pity? Ultimately, they come off as too shallow for any kind of authentic emotional response. Hari is the best bet for a point of entry, a writer who loathes his circumstances (scuffling for handouts from the film industry, yearning to write published poetry) no more than himself; he focuses his rage on his actor pal Vikram, who effortlessly beds Lucia, the "exotic" woman Hari needs to justify his romantic yearnings. Whereas Vikram and Lucia come off as two beautiful people in love (despite Vikram's marriage), Hari is the Nick Carraway figure, always looking for the light at the end of the pier. Ultimately, however, his character is too much of a stooge, and the film's unsurprising climax doesn't carry the tragic weight it's meant to.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2003
UPC:
0037429179123
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
NR
Source:
Merchant Ivory
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; New digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions; Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls, a documentary short film about the legendary Bollywood dancer; Conversation with the Filmmakers, part of a new series of interviews with Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Ruth Prawyer Jhabvala; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Opening Credits [3:08]
3. The Fate Machine [6:31]
4. Hari Reads to Lucia [3:57]
5. Vikram's Movie Premier [10:15]
6. The Bracelet Ceremony [8:44]
7. Wresting Match [4:21]
8. "We're Playing 'Consenting Adults'" [4:34]
9. Palm Reading [10:24]
10. Lucia Seeks Guidance [8:27]
11. "You're Happy, Too, Aren't You?" [9:58]
12. Spiritual Ping-Pong [7:53]
13. "He Takes What's Mine, I Take What's His" [4:36]
14. Lucia's Birthday [10:01]
15. Back to Vikram's House [4:04]
16. "You've Been Thinking of Her All Evening" [11:56]
17. End Credits [1:22]

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