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- kevin sellers
With all due respect to the previous reviewer this film is neither mangled nor is it a masterpiece. To blame its considerable faults largely on the film editor is like blaming Hiroshima on a Los Alamos lab technician. So where should culpability be assigned? Despite the previous reviewer's special pleading I think the director, George Cukor, has much to answer for. For whatever reason, maybe because this director needs an atmosphere of sophisticated comedy the same way a salesman needs gullibility, the genre of the sprawling historical/political epic is a particularly awkward fit. Someone like Preminger or Vidor could have directed this picture in their sleep and made a considerably less ponderous product than George C. Also not helping matters is a heavy, humorless, expositional screenplay and rather uninspired cinematography that takes India and gives it the look of a railway switch yard in, say, Birmingham Alabama. And then there is the lead performance of Ava Gardner. To ask this eminently sexy actress, the perfect femme fatale or wisecracking working gal, to undertake the very complex role of a person caught in a web of three divergent cultures...English, Indian, and Anglo/Indian...and not knowing which way to turn is like asking a fry cook to go up against Julia Child. (And I promise no more strained analogies!) Give it a C. P.S. Isn't it pretty to think how, if this film about the British in India had been made today, all of the roles would have been assigned to Indian or English actors instead of exactly none, as was the case with this racist 50s endeavor?
Cukor's Mangled Masterpiece
It would be wonderful if the lost bits of this magnificent film could be found so that it could be reconstructed according to Cukor's original plan. Cukor always felt that this film, which I believe he regarded as his masterpiece or close to it, had been mangled by the studio in the editing process. And so it was. Despite that, it's greatness shines through thanks to a radiant Ava Gardner and despite a wooden, miscast Stewart Granger. (James Mason or Alex Guiness would have been better.)Cukor, of course, was the original director on Gone With the Wind until he was replaced by Victor Fleming apparently at Clark Gable's insistence. This movie -- also a sweeping romantic epic set against the backdrop of war and social upheaval -- is clearly intended to be Cukor's revenge. He depicts a world and a way of life -- that of British India -- that are gone with the wind (or soon will be.). And if anyone doubts that Cukor saw this parallel between the two films, consider this: There is a scene involving A. Gardner and S. Granger, a street scene with a movie marquee in the background. The film playing in the theater is Red Dust (1932) -- with Clark Gable, directed by Victor Fleming. Proof positive.My only gripe -- why is this in a 5 o'clock in the morning? Why does TCM constantly move its best stuff out of prime time, which means the key 8 an 10 PM time slots? The Barefoot Contessa and The Night of the Iguana -- both in prime time -- were recently screened by TCM. So why couldn't you have given pride of place to the comparatively rarely shown Bhowani Junction? I love TCM, but I do wonder about its programming priorities.
Give the Americans a Nobel Peace Prize, for god's sake!
The Roman King
Director Cukor is the Roman king at the Victoria heroine in the Bhowani Junction, dedicates the honor of wars and the faith of diplomacy inventing the new interest of civility. Romance is a grace for peace for dialogue and trust. We love Jesus, because we love his pardon at the country cousin earthlings.
The merits of Victoria is the intellectual appeal at her missionary outlaw, Savage. Victoria is not Dalai Lama but the living grace of romance with the British officer. She could be more clever if she pays for the morose of the British enlightenment at the newly independent India. Maybe Dalai Lama could be Taylor that falls into the cradle desperate of the west and cries for the destiny mayhem. The signore agent wants a pretty exit, the cordial respectful for his civil decorations and alliance sympathy. Not the modern envoy Tony Blair, the latter lacks the smart wand of a pretence. Senator Blithedale Romance maybe the answer and Victoria like an exotic flower candid in every development of the film, unfortunately the sari is not the veil of elegance benign only the uniform of India in her culture. Moral is that Mayhem needs the favor of god, and the tarots of approval. I wish India good from the bottom of my heart. Amen
Virtue of a caste system has it that one stays inside a repertorie and takes the brutal repercussion stepping beyond, the unforgivable stake breaking the old rituals for advance at the unfamiliar perils. Beware abiding against predestination.
A love story between a patroit and the passion suitor. Love is between a man and a woman living at the same lifeline and honor. Desertion is sometimes a weakness called for.
Peace for India
Victoria desperately wants to find her Indian identity, distrusting the British but mistrust from the Indian countrymen at the same time. She fails to find her role at Rajit's engagement as an original Indian race woman convert, and fails to implore the Hindus' support for Gandhi that honors peace demonstrations at the bad blood and uncompromised hatred between the common people with the British authority. Savage maybe the damsel's hero, but does not find Victoria's heart and soul for her country India, his purpose in India could spell the reason for saving Victoria at her last decision to choose to depart her quest for a difficult identity with the Indian natives. Victoria is not aware that Savage is her guardian that braved the English revulsion against his devotion for a woman that is not the same color with him. A tragedy of a patroit renewal and her missionary outlaw. Fate of a country thrown in chaos, a protagonist that lacks sober wise, and a new leader of a generation ushered in who was raised from the people at the will of peace for India. Savage passed off the new crisis of his own identity role outside his native England.
A Surprise Hit!
I was not expecting much from this film, but I was completely swept of my feet by the scale and grandeur of this film. Stewart Granger is so great as the handsome British Colonel. Bill Travers and Francis Matthews also deliver strong performances. This is, in my opinion, Ava Gardner's strongest role - her acting is at its peak. Of course, she is gorgeous in her sari! A wonderful film that everyone should see!
THIS IS A SHOW THAT SHOULD BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC TO ENJOY.