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Shakespeare Wallah (1965)

January 24th, 2009 by Anne Richardson · No Comments · 1960's, James Ivory, Oregon director, Oregon film, Oregon film new definition, Oregon writer

A sheltered girl falls in love with a playboy. Felicity Kendal plays the youngest member of a traveling British theatrical company who accidentally crosses paths with a princely Indian (Shashi Kapoor). James Ivory was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival; supporting actress Madhur Jaffrey won the Silver Bear for her performance at Kapoor’s jealous Bollywood mistress.

Shakespeare Wallah sealed the creative partnership of director James Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

Among the Shakespeare Wallah DVD extras is a wonderful joint interview with Ismail Merchant and James Ivory where they disagree about how they shot the climatic scene in Shakespeare Wallah where the lovers kiss. Merchant is adamant and Ivory diplomatic about their difference of opinion – the dynamic between them a case study in the secret to their success as collaborative team.

No one knows James Ivory is from Klamath Falls. But now you do.

I hereby claim Shakespeare Wallah as an Oregon film.

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