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Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978)

Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures DVD

(DVD includes 20 mins film 'The Sword and the Flute')

James Ivory


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Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978)

Country: United Kingdom

Language: English

Year: 1978

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Comedy, Drama


Description

In a frantic and wryly comic battle of wits, two Western art collectors - one a wealthy American, the other an eccentric, titled Englishwoman - must vie with a Maharaja and his sister (and each other) to secure a fabulous prize: a legendary collection of Indian miniature paintings.

Blessed with a superb cast, headed by Academy Award winner PEGGY ASHCROFT (A Passage to India), Merchant Ivory Productions' 1978 feature HULLABALOO OVER GEORGIE AND BONNIE'S PICTURES is itself a detailed and subtle miniature portrait of the manners and mores of two very different cultures. As events unfold, Western high-mindedness (mixed with Western acquisitiveness) clashes with Indian history and feudal tradition (also both high-minded and acquisitive). A seeming catastrophe forces the two sides to reconcile their differences and the story concludes in a surprising harmony as the protagonists evaluate and rethink their politely grasping natures.

Once again, the Merchant Ivory team has produced a delightful and often very funny film that captures to perfection the exoticism of Indian culture and the pure magic of the miniatures themselves as well as the land that produced them.



Cast: Peggy Ashcroft, Larry Pine, Saeed Jaffery, Victor Banerjee, Aparna Sen, Jane Booker, Jins Shamsuddin, Jenny Beavan, Aladdin Langa

Director: James Ivory

Music Director: Vic Flick

Story: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala


The Sword And The Flute (1959)

Country: United States

Language: English

Year: 1959

Category: Documentary, Short Film


Description

Ivory's second documentary, The Sword and The Flute, also dealing with schools of art, grew out of his experience in making Venice: Theme and Variations. Only here, instead of photographing works by the Italian masters, he has used superb examples of Indian miniature paintings. Ivory's intelligent script, narrated with feeling by Saeed Jaffrey, and accompanied by the music of Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, traces the history of Indian miniature painting after the Moghul invasion as it develops into two principal schools, the Moghul (Muslim) and the Rajput (Hindu). The Moghul miniatures reflect an interest in historical events and the life of the court, while those of the Rajput emphasize otherworldly concerns, the yearning for transcendence, but both involve the viewer immediately in a world that is exotic and ravishing. Ivory is fascinated by the faces (and prominent eyes) of his figures, the garments they wear, and the sharply noted details of their surroundings: the figures seem almost to leap at the viewer. Compared to Venice, the dramas Ivory creates through the Indian scenes are tauter and give a greater sense of complexity, which comes in part from the tension in Ivory between his intellectual role as a close observer of culture and his intimate, empathetic response to the paintings' exceptional sensuousness and romantic feeling. The cameraman for the film was another USC cinema student, Mindaugis Bagdon, and his and Ivory's photography of the Indian miniatures proved so effective that Ivory would use the technique later, also with striking effect, in his film Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures.



Director: James Ivory

Music Director: Ali Akbar Khan, Chatur Lal, D R Parvatikar, Pandit Ravi Shankar, T Visvanathan

Voice: Saeed Jaffery


Format: DVD

Label: Excel Home Videos

Catalog No: MIP1004

DVD Region: All Region

No Of Disks: 1

Certification: U

Runtime: 79 minutes

Video: PAL

Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Features

DVD includes 20 mins film The Sword and the Flute by James Ivory