Wednesday, 10 October 2007

A Passage to India(1984)

dir: Sir David Lean

"...Passage, O soul, to India!
Eclaircise the myths Asiatic—the primitive fables.
Not you alone, proud truths of the world!
Nor you alone, ye facts of modern science!
But myths and fables of eld—Asia’s, Africa’s fables!..."

-Walt Whitman
'Passage to India', Leaves of Grass

Paying homage to Whitman's poem, the title of E.M Foster's novel 'A Passage to India' is the also the title of David Lean's entertaining however different in effect adaptation. The film and the novel especially differ in their contrasting endings.

A young english Lady, visiting her prospective fiance in India is allegedly raped by a warm and ingratiating native doctor who she meets in an effort to discover the 'real' India as opposed to what she found an appaling anglicised environment created by the racist and narrow minded British community who had no desire to comprehend the mysticism and wonders of the subcontinent.

Moderately sucessful at the box office this film received critical acclaim and won 2 Oscars among 11 nominations as well as many other prestigious awards.
Worth 163 minutes of your time the film is visually ravishing with wonderful vistas of spectacular scenery.
About the director:
Sir David Lean (1908-1991) He was born in Greater London. His parents were Quakersi.e members of 'the religious society of friends'. Lean started at the bottom, as a clapperboard assistant and went on to become a film director and producer. He's best remembered for big-screen epics such as Lawrence of Arabia, The BridgeCver River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago and A Passage to India . Widely acclaimed andwinning the praise of directors such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, StanleyKubrick and George Lucas he directed only sixteen feature films, in a forty-yearcareer, yet many of these appear regularly in critics' and filmgoers' polls of thegreatest films of all time. His films, while being extremely popular with the generalpublic, are disliked by some critics who argued that they were simply visualspectacles with no depth.
Sir David Lean on the Ms. Quested character in A Passage to India
A musical tribute to Sir David Lean
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1 comment:

Mili said...

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