Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Lilac and The Far Pavilions

Top photo shows the new dog fence, keeping Otto in the back garden, which seems to have fitted in quite well. Wisteria this year isn't as good as usual, maybe it's the drought.
I'm always glad when the beech hedge above comes into leaf.

DVD The Far Pavilions, 1984, with Ben Cross, Christopher Lee, Rosanno Brazzi. Good stuff about the British Raj fighting wars in mid-Victorian times on the North-West Frontier of what is now Pakistan - ring any bells?  It's a lavish production shot in India and Wales (?), including numerous extras, even elephants, but seemed slow-moving compared to modern dramas.  I wasn't entirely convinced by the main actors, particularly the one who played Anjuli, so I think it would probably be better to read the original 1978 novel by MM Kaye, if you haven't already.
It's a good dramatic plot about a young white man brought up as an Indian who is torn between two or three worlds: the stuffy Raj, his regiment and his Indian friends (Omar Sharif plays his adopted father).  Now an Army officer, the hero is in love with a half-Indian princess, who with her sister, is about to be married to a lecherous old Rana. So their romance is doomed on all counts.

5 comments:

Debs Carr said...

I don't think I ever saw this and I'm sure I didn't read it, but it does sound interesting. My grandmother was born in India, so I'm sure I'd find it interesting.

suzy doodling said...

Hi Susie,
Lovely photographs. Shame I missed that, when was it on? Will have a look for the book.

Faye said...

Love that lime green/copper beech hedge pairing. And Otto has a new fence--born free!

Just looking at "Far Pavilions" in DVD catalog and thinking about ordering or renting from Netflix. Read novel 1,000 years ago.

galant said...

I remember The Far Pavillions, I think it was on TV around about the time of Jewel in the Crown ... indeed all things Indian were popular then, with the white-linen film, A Passage to India also, and Heat and Dust.
My first memory of Rosanno Brazzi is when he was the leading man to Katherine Hepburn's leading lady in Midsummer Madness (or just Summer Madness) a lovely rom-com set in Venice in the 1950s. I think it was re-named, not sure of its title now.
Margaret P

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I have read the book and seen the TV version but it was a long time ago. What a shame about your wisteria, it has been fantastic in Italy this year.