Bhowani Junction 1956

Bhowani Junction

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Victoria Jones (Ava Gardner) is a half-Indian, half-British woman living in India on the verge of its independence. She is torn between her Indian and her British heritage, just as she is torn between two men. One, Patrick Taylor (Bill Travers), is her childhood sweetheart and fellow Anglo-Indian, while the other is Col. Rodney Savage (Stewart Granger), a British officer assigned to stop demonstrators from preventing the trains from departing the local station on time.

Cast & Crew

Ava Gardner
Victoria Jones
Stewart Granger
Col. Rodney Savage
Bill Travers
Patrick Taylor
Marne Maitland
Govindaswami
Peter Illing
Ghanshyam, Darvay
Edward Chapman
Thomas Jones
Lionel Jeffries
Lt. Graham McDaniel
John Masters
Writer (Novel)
Miklós Rózsa
Original Music
Freddie Young
Cinematographer
George Boemler
Film Editor
Frank Clarke
Film Editor
Charles E. Parker
Makeup Artist
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  • Jan 05, 2014
    "Bhowani Junction" starts with General Savage(Stewart Granger) and Victoria Jones(Ava Gardner) having an emotional farewell at a train station in India in 1947. On the train ride to Calcutta, Savage explains to General Ackerby(Ronald Adam) how they came to be together, starting with a railroad strike when he extended her service as a WAC. The Communists use that peaceful disruption as a way of stealing a train load of dynamite. For its time, "Bhowani Junction" is a sensitive and nuanced look at India at indpendepence with a particular respect for the non-violent protests.(I remember a history teacher mentioning the trick involving the untouchables. I hope this isn't where he got it from.) Of particular interest is Govindaswami's(Marne Maitland) statement about missing the British which is beautifully dripping with sarcasm. Plus, the movie seeks to explore identity in such complicated times and even takes a couple of shots at sexism. Granted, this was made at the height of the Cold War, so of course the Communists get to be the baddies, with a couple of performances out of the Raymond Massey school of melodramatic evil acting, but with no mention of the bloody mess that partition would soon make of the subcontinent.
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