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Autobiography of a Princess represents the return to East Indian themes by the team of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory after the unsuccessful Hollywood-based The Wild Party (1973). The basic Merchant/Ivory "props", including landed gentry, old folks taking unnatural interest in the goings-on of young folks, period costumes and reams of upper-class dialogue are here in abundance. The elderly character is James Mason, playing the former tutor of the father of Indian princess Mahur Jaffrey. For nearly an hour, tutor and princess discourse over their experiences in colonial India. Made for television, Autobiography of a Princess may be a yawnfest for non-fans of the Merchant/Ivory output, but the opportunity to see the brilliant Indian actress Mahur Jaffrey in full artistic flower should not be missed. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

James Mason
as Cyril Sahib
Madhur Jaffrey
as The Princess
Keith Varnier
as Delivery Man
Diane Fletcher
as Blackmailer
Timothy Bateson
as Blackmailer
John Stuart
as Blackmailer

Crew

James Ivory
Director
Ismail Merchant
Producer
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Screenwriter
Walter Lassally
Cinematographer
Vic Flick
Composer (Music Score)
Humphrey Dixon
Editor
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