Heat and Dust

Heat and Dust

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Two women, related but separated by one generation and 60 years, have parallel experiences in the evocative mystical environment of India in this period drama from producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory. Although a little slow-paced for some, and slightly confusing because the stories of the two women are intercut, the scenery and script evoke a time and place that mesmerize. Based on the 1975 novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, a long-time collaborator in Merchant-Ivory Productions, the story begins with Ann (Julie Christie) who discovers some letters written by her grandfather's first wife Olivia (Greta Scacchi) that open up a whole new world as Ann travels to India to continue researching her grandmother's past. The letters reveal that when she was young, the free-spirited grandmother fell in love with an Indian nobleman (Shashi Kapoor) and left her husband -- an administrator in the British colonial government -- for her lover. After Ann arrives in India, her life and the modern rush of cars and people are played off against flashbacks to Olivia's life in a colonial setting. When the environment of each woman is compared and the nature of their momentous decisions placed side-by-side, their rites of passage and the society that dominated their choices stand out in high relief. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala won "Best Adapted Screenplay" at the 1983 British Academy Awards for her script of Heat And Dust.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2003
UPC: 0037429179222
Original Release: 1983
Rating: NR
Source: Merchant Ivory
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 3:09:00

Special Features

New digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions; Commentary on Heat and Dust By Ismail Merchant, Greta Scacchi, Nickolas Grace; Conversation with the filmmakers, part of a new series of interviews with Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and Richard Robbins; Original theatrical trailer; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Christie Anne
Christopher Cazenove Douglas Rivers
Greta Scacchi Olivia
Julian Glover Mr. Crawford
Susan Fleetwood Mrs. Crawford
Shashi Kapoor The Nawab
Madhur Jaffrey The Begum
Nickolas Grace Harry
Zakir Hussain Inder Lal
Barry Foster Maj. Minnies
Patrick Godfrey Dr. Saunders
Jennifer Kendal Mrs. Saunders
Sudha Chopra Chief Princess
Ratna Pathak Rita, Lal's Wife
Tarla Mehta Mother, Inder Lal's
Jayut Kripilani Dr. Gopal
Leelabhai Leelavati
Praveen Paul Maji
Charles McCaughan Chid
Amanda Walker Lady Mackleworth

Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Ray Beckett Sound/Sound Designer
Humphrey Dixon Editor
Susie Figgis Casting
Maurice Fowler Art Director
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Screenwriter
Connie Kaiserman Producer
Barbara Lane Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Lassally Cinematographer
Ismail Merchant Producer
David Nichols Asst. Director
Richard Robbins Score Composer
Wilfred Shingleton Production Designer
Ram Yadekar Art Director
Ram Yedekar Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits
2. The Trouble With Olivia
3. Anne in India
4. Something Sexual?
5. Olivia Meets the Local Women
6. Dinner Party
7. An Irregular Invitation
8. "I Had to Go With Them..."
9. Anne Meets Chid
10. Chid Discusses Power
11. A Very Ugly Massacre
12. Harry Stays With Douglas and Olivia
13. Harry Falls Ill
14. "A Very Great Friend"/Dr. Saunders
15. The Nawab Recounts His Dream
16. "You Want the Child?"
17. An Inquiry Into the Nawab's Activities
18. A Natural Miscarriage?
19. Where Olivia Went in the End"
20. End Credits
1. Opening Credits/Setting up the Screen
2. Cyril Arrives
3. "What's Left of Royal India"
4. Through Their Eyes
5. Cyril Talks of His Time in India
6. The Princess's Childhood
7. Ceremonies, Priests, and Idols
8. The Desert and the Sea

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