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FULL SYNOPSIS

Shirley MacLaine is Madame Sousatzka, an aging piano instructor of Russian extraction. Entrenched in a dilapidated London rooming house, the Madame gives lessons only to the most gifted. She does not stop at mere instruction; Sousatzka insists that her pupils conduct their lives in the same genteel, cultured manner in which she was raised. Her prize student at the moment is an East Indian teenage boy (Navin Chowdhry), who forms a strong and loving bond with the old woman. Director John Schlesinger occasionally cuts away from the Madame and her pupil to allow comic space for the other tenants in Ashcroft's building, including an erstwhile songstress (Twiggy) and a gay osteopath (Geoffrey Baydlon). Navim Chowdhry's mother is played by Shabana Azmi, an important star of Indian films. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 14, 1988

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Shirley MacLaine Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1988 Winner
Venice International Film Festival Shirley MacLaine Volpi Cup for Best Actress 1988 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Gerald Gouriet Best Original Score 1988 Nominee

Cast

Shirley MacLaine
as Mme. Irina Sousatzka
Navin Chowdhry
as Manek Sen
Peggy Ashcroft
as Lady Emily
Twiggy
as Jenny
Shabana Azmi
as Sushila Sen
Leigh Lawson
as Ronnie Blum
Geoffrey Bayldon
as Mr. Cordle
Lee Montague
as Vincent Pick
Robert Rietty
as Leo Milev
Jeremy Sinden
as Woodford
Roger Hammond
as Lefrance
Christopher Adey
as Conductor
Sam Howard
as Edward
Mohammed Ashiq
as Sunil
Carol Gillies
as Sousatzka's Mother
Roland Curram
as Menswear Salesman
Katherine Schlesinger
as Piano Student
Elizabeth Hayes
as Piano Student
Humphrey Burton
as Festival Announcer
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Music Critic
Peter-Hugo Daly
as Roadie
Jean Anderson
as Lady with Removal Men
Stephen Webber
as School Teacher
Charu Bala Chokshi
as 1st Punjabi Lady
David F. Doyle
as Street Youth
Sam Smart
as Street Youth
Susan Porrett
as Receptionist
Andrew St. Clair
as Festival Mime Artist
Mohammed Ashiq
as Sunil
Roland Curram
as Menswear Salesman
Peter-Hugo Daly
as Roadie
David F. Doyle
as Street Youth
Katherine Schlesinger
as Piano Student
Susan Porrett
as Receptionist
Sam Howard
as Edward
Sam Smart
as Street Youth
Elizabeth Hayes
as Piano Student
Carol Gillies
as Sousatzka's Mother
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Music Critic
Charu Bala Chokshi
as 1st Punjabi Lady
Humphrey Burton
as Festival Announcer
Jean Anderson
as Lady with Removal Men
Stephen Webber
as School Teacher

Crew

John Schlesinger
Director
Robin Dalton
Producer
Peter Morgan
Screenwriter
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Screenwriter
John Schlesinger
Screenwriter
Bernice Rubens
Book Author
Nat Crosby
Cinematographer
Gerald Gouriet
Composer (Music Score)
Yonty Solomon
Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Honess
Editor
Luciana Arrighi
Production Designer
Ian Whittaker
Art Director
Stephen Scott
Art Director
Simon Bosanquet
Associate Producer
Simon Kaye
Sound/Sound Designer
Jeremy Zimmerman
Casting
Mary Richards
Production Manager
Noel Davis
Casting
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