Title:  Shakespeare Wallah
Category:  Narrative Feature
Length:  122 Minutes
Filmmaker(s):  James Ivory
Year:  1965
Country:  India

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The elegiac and atmospheric Shakespeare Wallah  was the feature film that put Merchant Ivory Productions on the international movie map. Now recognized as a classic, the film’s inspiration lies in the real-life adventures of a traveling theater group in India during the Final days of English colonial rule. The Buckingham Players try to uphold British tradition by staging Shakespeare plays for the general public, boarding schools, and local royalty, but are unable to compete with the wildly popular Bollywood film industry. The film traces the developing relationship between the acting troupe’s young ingénue, Lizzie, and Sanju, a wealthy Indian playboy. Their romance is beset by hindrances, not the least being the machinations of Manjula, a fiery Indian film star who is also in love with Sanju.
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