Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Passage to India (1984)

Well color me surprised. I could have sworn up and down that this adaptation of E.M. Forster's 1924 novel was by the same director/producer team that brought us other Forster adaptations like Howards End, Maurice, and A Room with a View. But I would have been wrong. This Oscar-bait flick was NOT a Merchant Ivory production. Actually, it was written and directed by David Lean, who I'm willing to wager is going to make at least three more appearances on this blog. The novel itself is sort of pre-post-Colonial, following two British women Adela Quested (yeah, subtle last name) and her soon-to-be mother-in-law, Mrs. Moore. Both Judy Davis and Peggy Ashcroft were nominated for their respected performances, and Ashcroft won, making her the oldest woman to win best supporting actress. David Lean looked at the relationship between Brits and their colonies to great acclaim in Lawrence of Arabia, and I'm a huge fan of Forster, though his sense of geopolitics is a little constrained by the novel of manners mode which is his forte. Let's take a trip to the Marabar Caves!

Links to Review of this Film:
Tracy's "The Help--Indian Edition"
Natalie's "The Ugly Stepsister"

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