Bombay Talkie (1970)

JAMES IVORY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1970.  .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Colourful tribute to the world of Bollywood filmmaking and an early effort from the team of Merchant Ivory, who have since gone on to gain world-renowned attention.

A flighty British writer () goes to India in search of new inspiration and becomes smitten with a handsome young movie star (, Kendal’s real-life husband). This does not make Kapoor’s wife particularly happy, but Kendal is only really interested in her own pleasure.

When things turn sour, she goes on a hilariously wry quest for spiritual enlightenment at an ashram with a ping-pong playing guru.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s screenplay lacks motivation, but James Ivory’s direction is solid and the cinematography and music are wonderful. The too-few musical numbers are enjoyable, punctuated by an appearance by legendary dancer .

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