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Shakespeare Wallah


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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KWYEA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,139 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Shakespeare Wallah

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Gwilliam on 22 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
The 1965 film which began the Merchant/Ivory saga, and which kick-started the career of Felicity Kendal. She co-stars with most of her family in a tale of itinerant players trying to keep the rumour of Shakespeare alive in a post-colonial India which was in the throes of taking the all-singing, all-dancing Bollywood blockbuster to its bosom. The photography is in shimmering monochrome, the pace is leisurely, but Ms Kendal blows everyone else away. Madhur Jaffrey is appropriately vain, glamorous and self-serving as a newly-famous musical film star, and the whole film is shot through with a sense of regret for the loss of old certainties. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Haan on 13 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
This is a reasonable copy of the original film but has not been enhanced. The sound is really not very good. However, it is a classic and therefore of great interest to movie buffs. It does contain cast interviews and interviews with James Ivory, Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. A great film of its day.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob Monroe on 24 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
I'd heard about Shakespeare Wallah for years and after getting the wonderful new DVD of Room with a View, thought I ought to see how it all started. What a disappointment. Even making allowances for its age, the plot seems leaden and the acting little better. I'm amazed this is the film that "made" Felicity Kendal, before she became famous with The Good Life.

The one surprise, for me at any rate, is the superb performance of Madhur Jaffrey, who I only knew through her Indian recipe books. When she's not in shot, the film drags a bit.
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I didn't realise when I bought this that it would be an Italian version and have Italian subtitles. We couldn't switch these off and we couldn't understand the (admittedly short) bits of the film that were in Hindi and Sanskrit which I assume if we had got an English version would have had English sub-titles
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