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A fascinating film (1969) by James Ivory, less about its manifest subject (the collision of cultural attitudes, Indian and European) than about the need to build human relationships on a firmer basis than either mutual curiosity or mutual weakness. Shashi Kapoor, Jennifer Kendal, and Zia Mohyeddin star as an Indian film star, the aging British lady journalist who becomes his mistress, and a writer with insufficient inner resources to support his poetic delusions—and Ivory expertly chronicles their interaction as a function of the laughable melodramas and hysterically inept musicals the Indian film industry spews out weekly. The Busby Berkeley-ish typewriter sequence is unbelievable.

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