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Heat And Dust [DVD]

Julie Christie , Greta Scacchi , James Ivory    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Julie Christie, Greta Scacchi, Christopher Cazenove, Julian Glover, Susan Fleetwood
  • Directors: James Ivory
  • Writers: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Producers: Connie Kaiserman, Ismail Merchant, Rita Mangat
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010LAZZI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,679 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In this Merchant-Ivory production, the story switches between past and present as Anne (Julie Christie), an Englishwoman living in India, attempts to discover the nature of the scandal that surrounded her great-aunt (Greta Scacchi) sixty years before. The two women's lives begin to mirror each other as Anne's search through the past intensifies.

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Director James Ivory's Heat and Dust tells two parallel stories set in India, one in the present and the other in the days of British rule. In 1920s India, a young English bride, Olivia (Greta Scacchi), finds herself in a passionate, forbidden affair with the local Nawab (Shashi Kapoor). In the second story, Olivia's great niece, Anne (Julie Christie), travels to India and there learns of her great aunt's affair with the Nawab, her subsequent pregnancy, and her exile from the British community. Anne's life begins to roughly imitate that of Olivia's when she has an affair with a local Indian administrator (Zakir Hussain) and also becomes pregnant. Merchant Ivory screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala based the film's screenplay on her own acclaimed novel of the same name. Jhabvala was raised in England but after meeting her husband, an Indian architect, moved to India, where she lived for 24 years. Her screenplays Autobiography of a Princess, Hullabaloo over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures, and Heat and Dust reflect her own experiences as a British citizen living in a foreign land. At the time the film was released in 1983, Heat and Dust was Merchant Ivory's biggest commercial success.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
'Heat and Dust;' what better description of India in the hottest season, but the title is also suggestive of stifled desire and sexual restlessness. This is, however, no 'bonkbuster,' rather it is a measured portrayal of repressed sexuality, further bound by racial taboos and British Empire notions of 'decency' and fear of scandal. The story takes place in one location but in two different generations; Greta Scacchi is the end-of-Empire wife of a decent but unexciting Brit, prey to the charms of morally ambiguous Indian princeling, Shashi Kapoor; Julie Christie is her modern-day descendant who parallels her situation by becoming involved with an Indian male while visiting the places and situations occupied years before by Greta Scacchi. The Julie Christie thread of the drama is a little thin and underexplored, bolstered in a slightly contrived way by her conversations with a reminiscing Nickolas Grace. The real joy of the film lies in the visual portrayal of a stultifyingly hot India at the time of the Raj and the luminous beauty and performance of Greta Scacchi, who combines classic, graceful English-rose beauty with a cat-like barely-under-the-surface sexuality. A classic of the Merchant-Ivory-Prabwhala genre.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This 1982 Merchant Ivory production is a lush, atmospheric period piece based upon the well written book of the same name by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who also wrote the screenplay for this film. It explores Anglo-Indian relations through the power of romance. Set in two distinct eras, colonial India of the nineteen twenties, during the time of the Raj, and the independent, freewheeling India of the early nineteen eighties, during the time when India was a mecca for disenfranchised youth. This is subtly done through the story of two women.
One story is that of Olivia (Greta Scacchi), the young and beautiful wife of Douglas Rivers (Christopher Casenove), a minor district official in colonial India. The film tells of her arrival in India, newly wed and in love with her husband, her subsequent boredom with the staid, British Colonial community, and her blossoming infatuation with the Nawab (Shashi Kapoor), a very handsome and charming, local Indian prince. It is her romance with the Nawab that is to result in a life changing action, one that would forever cause a permanent rift with Douglas, changing her life forever.
The second story is that of Anne (Julie Christie), a beautiful and independent woman, a descendant of Olivia's sister. Nearly sixty years after Olivia's transgression, fascinated by the story of the deceased Olivia, Anne goes to India, visiting those locations where Olivia had lived and those which would have been a part of her existence at the time. As did Olivia, she falls under India's spell. As did Olivia, she, too, has an Anglo-Indian love affair. Hers is with her landlord, Inder Lal (Zakir Hussain). Anne's life essentially picks up where the thread of Olivia's life left off, giving the reader a powerful sense of de-ja vu, bringing reincarnation to mind.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This 1982 Merchant Ivory production is a lush, atmospheric period piece based upon the well written book of the same name by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who also wrote the screenplay for this film. It explores Anglo-Indian relations through the power of romance. Set in two distinct eras, colonial India of the nineteen twenties, during the time of the Raj, and the independent, freewheeling India of the early nineteen eighties, during the time when India was a mecca for disenfranchised youth. This is subtley done through the story of two women.
One story is that of Olivia (Greta Scacchi), the young and beautiful wife of Douglas Rivers (Christopher Casenove), a minor district official in colonial India. The film tells of her arrival in India, newly wed and in love with her husband, her subsequent boredom with the staid, British Colonial community, and her blossoming infatuation with the Nawab (Shashi Kapoor), a very handsome and charming, local Indian prince. It is her romance with the Nawab that is to result in a life changing action, one that would forever cause a permanent rift with Douglas, changing her life forever.
The second story is that of Anne (Julie Christie), a beautiful and independent woman, a descendant of Olivia's sister. Nearly sixty years after Olivia's transgression, fascinated by the story of the deceased Olivia, Anne goes to India, visiting those locations where Olivia had lived and those which would have been a part of her existence at the time. As did Olivia, she falls under India's spell. As did Olivia, she, too, has an Anglo-Indian love affair. Hers is with her landlord, Inder Lal (Zakir Hussain). Anne's life essentially picks up where the thread of Olivia's life left off, giving the reader a powerful sense of de-ja vu, bringing reincarnation to mind.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good film, bad DVD 8 Jan 2009
Format:DVD
After all, what can you expect from a DVD company that can't even spell the name of the lead actress correctly? This DVD is NOT DIGITALLY REMASTERED which means the picture is fuzzy and out of focus like TV used to be in the 1980s. Unacceptable in 2008 (!) when Channel 4 released this DVD. Shame on them.

However, the film is also available as a part of "The Merchant Ivory Collection" and that DVD IS remastered and looks just fine. By all means go with that one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good film
Published 6 days ago by Ana Gallegos
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Yes we liked this, very atmospheric.
Published 14 days ago by Mrs. E. A. Brockway
2.0 out of 5 stars A great movie, but poor quality DVD recording may spoil your...
The movie is great.
However, for those expecting a reasonable quality DVD you will be disappointed. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Specify region for satisfaction
Expectations were not met as I could not play Heat and Dust on my DVD player. It was in the wrong region. I did not think to specify a region.
Published 1 month ago by Truda Olson
2.0 out of 5 stars very slow, not much of a story,
very slow, not much of a story, not up to expectations
Published 2 months ago by geraldine worthington
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
excellent
Published 3 months ago by Ian Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Film About India
This is a beautiful film - amazing photography and very atmospheric music - you really feel you are there. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bath Film Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story
A wonderful Merchant Ivory production. Of course Julie Christie is terrific. This is a great cd to add to your Merchant Ivory collection.
Published 9 months ago by Eddie Nguyen
4.0 out of 5 stars Smells and Sounds of India.....
Having lived a short time in India....I do so love Indian based stories......this movie captures reality of surroundings very well..... Read more
Published 10 months ago by tina yorston
4.0 out of 5 stars FOR ME THIS NEEDED A SECOND VIEWING TO EMPATHIZE WITH THE CHARACTERS.
A story of longing and loyalty misplaced, charmingly set in India, where the ubiquity of the British is being given a very testing time.
Published 10 months ago by Scripta 9
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