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Heat and Dust (1983)

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Cross-cutting between two generations, James Ivory's sprawling epic of self-discovery is also a lush evocation of the prismatic and sensuous beauty of India. As she searches for answers to the mystery surrounding a long-ago affair between her aunt Olivia (Greta Scacchi) and an Indian prince (Shashi Kapoor), Anne (Julie Christie) becomes immersed in the local culture, the pull of the past simultaneously leading her into a clearer view of her own future. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's screenplay adapts her own novel to great effect, and Richard Robbins provides the haunting score. The film earned the Merchant Ivory team 9 BAFTA nominations and a Palme d'Or nomination at Cannes for director James Ivory. A new 4K Restoration.

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Cast

Christopher Cazenove
as Douglas Rivers
Julian Glover
as Mr. Crawford
Susan Fleetwood
as Mrs. Crawford
Shashi Kapoor
as The Nawab
Madhur Jaffrey
as The Begum, His Mother
Zakir Hussain
as Inder Lal
Barry Foster
as Maj. Minnies
Amanda Walker
as Lady Mackleworth
Patrick Godfrey
as Dr. Saunders
Jennifer Kendal
as Mrs. Saunders
Sudha Chopra
as Chief Princess
Ratna Pathak
as Rita, Lal's Wife
Tarla Mehta
as Mother, Inder Lal's
Jayut Kripilani
as Dr. Gopal
Sajik Khan
as Dacoit Chief
Leelabhai
as Leelavati
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

There's a whole lot of cathartic pain in Heat and Dust, if you know where to look for it.

August 29, 2017 | Full Review…

It's unlikely to win over Merchant-Ivory skeptics, but it does represent an intriguing transition from the India-centered social realism of their earlier work to the lavish literary adaptations for which they would become famous.

August 27, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Lovely and leisurely, it lacks the repressed sexual "heat" of the greatest Merchant/Ivory/Jhabvala period pieces.

August 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Weaves a magical spell as an exploration of romance and as a sensitive cross-cultural study

July 23, 2003 | Full Review…

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