Friday, April 26, 2019
East Building, SECU Auditorium
(1965) Directed by James Ivory. Shashi Kapoor, Felicity Kendal, Geoffrey Kendal.
(120 min.) DCP.
A ragtag theatrical troupe scrambles for engagements in an India losing interest in colonial-era entertainments. Hindi film superstar Shashi Kapoor plays a handsome playboy who flits between a jaded Bollywood actress and the fresh innocence of the troupe’s ingénue. The story is based on the diaries of Geoffrey Kendal, the actor manager of touring company Shakespeariana, and shot with James Ivory’s keen documentary eye.
“A lark, a fling, a protean evocation of life between cultures . . . a breezy and beguiling study, comedy, romance, elegy” (Village Voice).
Introduced by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes.