Heat And Dust details
|Starring:||Susan Fleetwood, Greta Scacchi, Nickolas Grace, Barry Foster, Julie Christie, Madhur Jaffr, Christopher Cazenove, Shashi Kapoor, Julian Glover|
|Collections:||Booker Prize Adaptations|
Heat And Dust
|Run time:||2 hours 4 minutes|
|Rental release:||15 Nov 1999|
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Heat and dustBy a customer from UK , 17 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]very good movie
an ivory merchant classic
julie christie in a very different role
opportunity to see zakir hussain as an actor
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Watchable average filmBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 09 Mar 2013Merchant Ivory production. Two interwoven stories . Firstly the story of an English diplomat and his young wife in Colonial India under British rule, and the wife has an affair and eventually leaves her husband for an Indian Raj, and secondly by a young niece of the same wife in 1982 who goes to India to investigate and study the story of the wife. Too long , slow and laboured. Yes it is a lavish production but it fails to draw you in and make you care enough about the characters.
A story of love and intrigue in 20th century IndiaBy August7th (17 reviews) , 30 Aug 2012Absolutely brilliant; one of the best from Merchant/Ivory.
Sets,costumes,dialogue,locations,acting beautifully and subtly rendered.
Recommended to any viewers who enjoyed 'Passage To India' and 'The Raj Quartet'.
All you have to do is watch it....By ash53 (53 reviews) from newbury , 11 Jan 2012Imagine Merchant Ivory and a limitless box of paints and you will have the visual impact of this film. You might be able to see the story line coming a mile off and some of the characters are 2D supporting roles but its a charmer..
Under all the gloss it ought to be a tale of prejudice and betrayal but ultimately its about triumph, the triumph of a nation emerging from its colonial past , the triumph of one woman over a system that condemned and confined her, and more glorious than that triumph of the director casting Julie Christie in the first place.
Dont over look Greta Scacchi she triumphs through sheer spirit and a totally convincing performance as the unlikely woman pushing the boundaries - somehow having Miss Christie push them two generations later is a given ( but delightful to watch).
It won't change your life. It won't make you say ' wow didnt see that coming!' but it is pretty, beautifully filmed, tightly scripted, well directed and more importantly, well acted, so all you have to do is watch it.
Heat And DustBy lavendergreen (76 reviews) , 18 Dec 2011Well acted and some very good sets but a little confusing with the way some scenes are intercut. However the plot is interesting and the ending shows life doen't really change that much.
A Beautiful Bride SeducedBy allykat (76 reviews) from Weymouth , 22 Jan 2011This isn't the best of the amazing Merchant Ivory collaboration but it shows the promise of greater things to come and whilst it only moves along slowly and gracefully, this film stays in the mind and matures on reflection.
When the young Assistant Collector (Christopher Cazenove) brings his bride, Olivia (Greta Sacchi) out to India in 1926, he little imagines the effect her beauty and gently liberated spirit will have on the people there. Following an insurrection, which the Collector puts down rather too firmly, revenge lurks in the heart of the charming but dangerous local Nawab (Shashi Kapoor), who then succeeds in seducing the beautiful Olivia. Her public disgrace destroys not so much her husband but herself and she disappears. The suggestion is that the Indians are wiser but more wicked and wily than the British. Although the Nawab is in trouble for money, he manages to keep his British boyfriend a prisoner and his mother, the proud Beghum (Madhur Jaffrey), vanishes to live in luxury in London with all her fabulous jewels.
In the 1980's Olivia's great-niece (Julie Christie) goes out to India to find out what became of Olivia and follows in her footsteps. The film moves uncomfortably between the 1920's and 1980's and although there are some great parts for the men, somehow the women are never fully realised in their roles. Perhaps Julie Christie is simply better in highly intense roles and not so hot at 'free souls'. Saachi and Cazenove are beautiful together though and this is a film which has some hidden depths and promise of greater things from Merchant Ivory.