Excellent (sort of) sequel to Jewel in the Crown
Rudolf Schmid | Kensington, CA | 11/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
Staying On, published 1977, is a quasi sequel to Paul Scott's (1920-78) Raj Quartet (1966-75), often called "Jewel in the Crown," although this strictly speaking is the title of the first Raj-Quartet novel. The time is 1972, 25 years after "Jewel" and India gaining its independence from Britain. Unlike "Jewel" where the British dominate most scenes, in Staying On there are only two Brits, the Smalleys, an elderly couple whose touching relationship is brilliantly played by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson. All the other characters are Indian.
Although this is a sequel to "Jewel," fans of the latter may be disappointed that there is no tidying up of "Jewel" or updating of its characters. In fact, only one "Jewel" character is mentioned--Mabel Layton--and only in passing. The real character continuity, of course, is India and its people. Besides the story of the couple's relationship and the lovely scenery of Simla in the Indian Hill country, viewers will be rewarded by some scenes showing the poignant reversal of events for the British--for instance, "Jewel" has church scenes where Indians are absent (or nearly so) whereas Staying On has a church scene where the parish and minister are Indian and the only non-Indians present are the Smalleys. Another connection between Staying On and "Jewel," completed in, respectively, 1979 and 1984 by Granada, is that Staying On was filmed first as a test run for the more complicated, 14-part "Jewel.""
Excellent Sequel to Jewel in the Crown.
Juan de la Roca | SPAIN | 04/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent rendering of Paul Scott's book Staying on, which is in itself a sequel to the Jewel in the Crown Quartet also writen by Paul Scott and also made into a TV Drama by Granada the same British compny that made the Jewel in the Crown sereis.
Staying on is a double success, it is an excellent rendering inhnto film of the book itself and in acting and dialogue it does not fall below the excellent TV series the Jewel in the Crown.
The story is set in post independent India, COL Tusker Smalley of the British Indian Army decides to stay on after India gains independence. He stays on as COL of his regiment.
Yes these things happened many British officers stayed on in the Indian Army and many British civil servants stayed on also. They were kept on by the Indian Government. The plot is set some 10 years after Independence when Smalley in his late sixties or early seventies is already pensioned off and living in a small cottage.
The film captures all the poignancy of the end of Empire and how it affected the British and Indians on an individual basis and above all it shows that despite claims to the contrary British Rule was not over resented by the Indians. They wanted Independence yes but the British were rather liked."
Great acting-sad story
bunnielover | United States, Wyoming | 09/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"if you want a movie that ends happy and positive, this isn't it. but if you want a real story, with great acting, and super cinematography, in a very lovely setting... here it is. both main characters are well portrayed, and the secondary acting is well done too. our british couple (mostly at his insistence) are staying on in India after most of their friends and his military companions have gone home to England. He is content to swager about and recall the good ole days when England ruled in this far away land. She is stuck as the dutiful wife, although she points out, "what am i to do when you are gone?" she feels very stranded. They are renting their house from and Indian landlady who hate him, and is enjoying the reversal of role. Of having him somewhat at her mercy, which she constantly points out to her mouse of a husband. (who really seems to like the old duffer.) We know that Trevor is not long for this world, but his ending is still sad and somewhat shocking. You will have to see this movie to see what happens. This is from a Paul Scott story so it ties in a wee bit with the Jewel in the Crown story, which is a must view in its own right."