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A PASSAGE TO INDIA (1984)
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Excellent film by David Lean, based on the novel by E.M. Forster, examines Anglo-Indian attitudes after WW I.
The film won a supporting Oscar for Peggy Ashcroft and a lead nom for wonderful Judy Davis, But Victor Banerjee is also excellent as Aziz and if the film had been made 20 years later would have won him an Oscar nomination.
Slow and stately, the film unravels the world of British India as Aziz goes from toady to rebel because of the sexual hysterics of an English lady (Davis). Lean has a keen eye and shows us a beautiful India of mountains and rivers and skies.
When I first saw this film in 1984 I was very impatient at its deliberate pace, but now it's a revelation of craftsmanship and superb acting.
Also very good are James Fox, Saeed Jaffrey, Nigel Havers, Michael Culver as the lawyer, Antonia Pemberton as the hideous Mrs. Turton, and Alec Guinness as Godboli.
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