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Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures

1979 1h 22m Comedy List
Reviews 14% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
The Maharajah of Tasveer (Victor Banerjee) lives with his sister Bonnie (Aparna Sen), the Maharini, in an Indian desert castle. When a treasure trove of miniature paintings is discovered there, American Clark Haven (Larry Pine) and his family friend Lady Gee (Peggy Ashcroft) compete against each other to acquire the collection. Gee schemes with Bonnie, who wants to sell the artwork her brother is unwilling to part with -- but Gee's plans are foiled when Bonnie starts falling for Clark. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member The acting is fine, the film not so much. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member was a Brit TV movie but feels and looks like a feature film another winner fron merchant ivory! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member One of Merchant-Ivory's lesser Indian films, the title sounds like a screwball comedy, but the movie is far from it. If the film actually was made as a screwball comedy, I think it would have been a marvelous piece of work. But instead we get an average film that looks great in setpieces, but bland in execution. Well, we know that Merchant-Ivory are not headliners of comedy, but I'd love to see another take on this movie. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Mike M Made for TV back in the days when Merchant-Ivory were still eastward-looking independents rather than a globally renowned heritage industry, this slight but appealing drama details the selling-off of an empire... There's less of a hullabaloo than a mild fuss as characters who arrive in India expecting no more than an extended shopping expedition match wits over the snooker table or bowls lawn, then leave with more than they bargained for. In cinematic terms, it now seems somewhat modest and clunky: the grandeur we'd come to associate with these filmmakers is still some years away, and the whole rarely feels pressing. What's evident, though, is its generosity towards all the participants, and a true engagement with Indian culture and heritage, as signalled by the expert eye Ivory's camera casts over the paintings in question. A useful sketch for the East-meets-West business of "Heat and Dust" four years later; fans of Olivier Assayas's more recent "Summer Hours" - which played a similar game en francais - might find something to shell out for, too. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/12/10 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The Maharajah of Tasveer (Victor Banerjee) lives with his sister Bonnie (Aparna Sen), the Maharini, in an Indian desert castle. When a treasure trove of miniature paintings is discovered there, American Clark Haven (Larry Pine) and his family friend Lady Gee (Peggy Ashcroft) compete against each other to acquire the collection. Gee schemes with Bonnie, who wants to sell the artwork her brother is unwilling to part with -- but Gee's plans are foiled when Bonnie starts falling for Clark.
Director
James Ivory
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 10, 2005
Runtime
1h 22m