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Bombay Talkie - The Merchant Ivory Collection
Bombay Talkie - The Merchant Ivory Collection
Actors: Helen, Anthony Korner, Shashi Kapoor, Jennifer Kendal, Zia Mohyeddin
Directors: Anthony Korner, James Ivory
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
UR     2003     1hr 51min

Lucia Lane, an English writer, visits India, where her novel is being filmed, and enters into an obsessive love affair with married actor Vikram. — Genre: Feature Film-Drama — Rating: UN — Release Date: 5-JUL-2005 — Media Type...  more »

     
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Actors: Helen, Anthony Korner, Shashi Kapoor, Jennifer Kendal, Zia Mohyeddin
Directors: Anthony Korner, James Ivory
Creators: Subrata Mitra, James Ivory, Andrew Page, David Gladwell, Ismail Merchant, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Musicals
Studio: Merchant Ivory Productions
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 11/11/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1970
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1970
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 51min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

A triple disappointment!
S.L. | Seattle, WA USA | 06/22/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Bombay Talkie is a highly implausible tale about an obnoxious English woman who, in a nutshell, drives two younger Indian men mad with desire. It's all about her and her sick obsessions, and sheds very little light on the inner workings of the Bollywood film industry. This is disappointment number one.
Disappointment number two is the fact that the giant typewriter dance scene featuring Helen, hinted at in the included documentary "Helen: Queen of the Nautch Girls," is not really part of the feature. In fact, you get less of it there than in the documentary, just a tiny snippet of the rehearsals. What a waste -- one minute of Helen is worth an hour of Jennifer Kendal any day!
Worst of all is disappointment number three. I bought this DVD not so much for the feature but to acquire "Helen: Queen of the Nautch Girls." It is included, but it was mastered from a terribly scratched-up print with no attempt at restoration. As a result, most of the documentary is all but unwatchable.
Stay away from this lemon of a feature, and let's hope that a restored version of "Helen: Queen of the Nautch Girl" is released separately some day!"