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Shakespeare-Wallah – 1965 Ivory
- Ivory (and Merchant/Ivory)’s 3rd feature
- It’s airy and delicate- takes it’s time with the romance and building the atmosphere (shot on location in India) of the traveling players
- Love the gorgeous sculpture montage in the opening and then the silent shot as they introduce the Shakespeare players on the train—playing cards, reading Lolita, etc.
- A slice of life romance
- With the group there’s an intelligent discussion on art. Vs commerce, the changing of generations, feels of nostalgia
- The film feels modern- a tribute to Ivory
- This is 1965 and the romance here is right in the middle of Sidney Poitier era and race romance—I wouldn’t call it a landmark film but it predates Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? By two years
- A great shot of the first kiss in the fog in the hills
- Wonderful music by Satyajit Ray
- Recommend- but not near the top 10 of 1965- the first archiveable film for Ivory as of date I’m writing
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