Shakespeare Wallah

1965, U.K./India, 120m, DCP

Merchant Ivory cemented their partnership with Ruth Prawer Jhabvala in a second feature, based in part on the diaries that actor Geoffrey Kendal kept while performing Shakespeare all across India. The action centers on a love triangle among Kendal’s daughter Felicity (as the theatrical troupe’s ingenue), Indian playboy Shashi Kapoor, and Bollywood star Madhur Jaffrey. The Merchant Ivory tenets of literate wit, heartbreak, and cultural collision are all front and center.

In English and Hindi with English subtitles

A film by James Ivory

Delicate and lovely.”

The New York Times