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India Song

In the 1930s, the wife (Delphine Seyrig) of the French ambassador in India spends her dull, gilded days in the company of many lovers. One of the directorā€™s most well-known films was based on an unproduced play she wrote in the early 1970s, inspired by her visits to India when she was a teenager. Those impressions are not really evident in this film, which was made in France, mostly in the magnificent ChĆ¢teau Rothschild. Much of it comes across like a fevered, poetic dream; bittersweet nostalgia in the shadow of colonialism. Exceptionally slow.

1975-France. 120 min. Color. Written and directed byĀ Marguerite Duras. Cast: Delphine Seyrig (Anne-Marie Stretter), Michael Lonsdale (The Vice-Consul of Lahore), Mathieu CarriĆØre (German embassy attachĆ©), Claude Mann, Vernon Dobtcheff, Didier Flamand.

Trivia: Jack Nicholson was allegedly considered for the male lead. Followed by Son Nom de Venise dans Calcutta DĆ©sert (1976).

 

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