The Householder

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1962's The Householder marked the beginning of a cinematic era, as it was the first pairing of the now-legendary duo of director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant. The bittersweet domestic comedy, which explores the foibles of an arranged marriage, comes to DVD as part of The Criterion Collection. Presented in widescreen with mono sound and English subtitles, the film is supplemented by an interview with Merchant and Ivory and two short films. The Sword and the Flute, made in 1959, was Ivory's second ...
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1962's The Householder marked the beginning of a cinematic era, as it was the first pairing of the now-legendary duo of director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant. The bittersweet domestic comedy, which explores the foibles of an arranged marriage, comes to DVD as part of The Criterion Collection. Presented in widescreen with mono sound and English subtitles, the film is supplemented by an interview with Merchant and Ivory and two short films. The Sword and the Flute, made in 1959, was Ivory's second documentary short, while 1960's The Creation of Woman was the first-ever short film by Merchant.
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Special Features

New-high definition digital transfer; The Sword and the Flute (1959), director James Ivory's documentary short film about Indian miniature painting, narrated by actor Saeed Jaffrey; The Creation of Woman (1960), the first short film produced by Ismail Merchant, starring legendary Indian dancer Bhaskar Roy Chaudhuri; Conversation with the filmmakers, part of a new series of interviews with Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Shashi Kapoor, and others about the origins of Merchant Ivory Productions; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • UPC: 037429194324
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Homevision
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shashi Kapoor Prem Sagar
Leela Naidu Indu
Durga Khote The Mother
Pincho Kapoor Mr. Saigal
Walter Woolf King Professor
Prayag Raaj Raj
Achala Sachdev Mrs. Saigal
Pro Sen Sohanlal
Romesh Thappar Mr. Khanna
Hariendernat Chattopadaya Mr. Chadda
Praveen Paul 2nd Lady
Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Screenwriter
Ali Akbar Khan Score Composer
Pran Mehra Editor
Ismail Merchant Producer
Subrata Mitra Cinematographer
Jyotirendera Moitra Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Order of Householders/Opening Credits [4:38]
2. Wedding Advice [2:39]
3. Spic and Span [1:59]
4. "Work Is Worship" [8:16]
5. Thinking of Home [2:17]
6. The Tea Party [6:00]
7. Philosophical Questions [4:02]
8. "How Can I Support a Baby?" [5:28]
9. Advice From Raj [1:49]
10. Sweets for Indu [2:29]
11. Mother [8:48]
12. Cosmic Energy [3:50]
13. Family Trouble [3:15]
14. Job Trouble [2:39]
15. Visiting Ernest [3:40]
16. "Is This the Way for a Married Woman to Behave?" [4:29]
17. An Empty House [6:35]
18. Missing Indu [3:01]
19. The Swami [5:24]
20. Indu Returns [3:51]
21. The Story of the Householder [3:21]
22. "Presence Urgently Required" [2:30]
23. Prem & Indu [1:00]
24. "You Are Happy...I Am Happy" [6:01]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Conversation With the Filmmakers
   The Sword and the Flute
   The Creation of Woman
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