James Ivory

Heat and Dust

Heat and Dust

The passion, violence, mystery, and beauty of India are rapturously evoked in Merchant Ivory Productions' acclaimed Heat and Dust, based on the novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and starring Julie Christie, Shashi Kapoor and Greta Scacchi. Blending east with west, and moving effortlessly between the vibrant world of modern-day India and the magnificent splendors of the Raj, Heat and Dust concerns Anne, a young woman drawn to India by her desire to unravel the scandal surrounding her great-aunt Olivia's seduction in the 1920s by a handsome and charismatic, if not entirely scrupulous, Indian prince.

Film Info

  • James Ivory
  • United Kingdom
  • 1983
  • 130 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English

Special Features

  • New digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Commentary on Heat and Dust with Ismail Merchant, Greta Scacchi, and Nickolas Grace
  • Conversation with the filmmakers, part of a new series of interviews with Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and Richard Robbins
  • Autobiography of a Princess, a short feature film of memory and character exploration written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and directed by James Ivory
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Special Features

  • New digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Commentary on Heat and Dust with Ismail Merchant, Greta Scacchi, and Nickolas Grace
  • Conversation with the filmmakers, part of a new series of interviews with Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and Richard Robbins
  • Autobiography of a Princess, a short feature film of memory and character exploration written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and directed by James Ivory
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Heat and Dust
Cast
Julie Christie
Anne
Greta Scacchi
Olivia Rivers
Shashi Kapoor
The Nawab
Madhur Jaffrey
The Begum
Christopher Cazenove
Douglas Rivers
Julian Glover
Mr. Crawford
Susan Fleetwood
Mrs. Crawford
Credits
Director
James Ivory
Producer
Ismail Merchant
Screenplay
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Cinematography
Walter Lassally
Music
Richard Robbins
Production design
Wilfred Shingleton
Costumes
Barbara Lane
Editing
Humphrey Dixon

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Ismail Merchant and James Ivory

Producer, Director

For five decades, the name Merchant Ivory has been an imprimatur signaling a certain type of quality cinema: literate, sumptuous, classical. But the more than fifty films made by the production team named for Ismail Merchant and James Ivory are distinguished by more than just their glossiness: multivalent, morally complex, and inquisitive, these works, shot all over the world (from Delhi to Paris to New England), are stories of class and of social change, of cultures divided and clashing. Merchant and Ivory (born in Bombay and Berkeley, respectively) met in 1961 and became partners in life and in work shortly thereafter; their company was founded with the idea of making English-language features (directed by Ivory, produced by Merchant) in India for the international market. These first films include The Householder (1963), based on the book by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who wrote the adaptation herself and instantly became an integral part of the company, and Shakespeare Wallah (1965). Soon, Merchant Ivory was shooting films in England, the United States, and elsewhere. Over the years, they have adapted novels by such writers as Henry James, E. M. Forster, and Kazuo Ishiguro into sophisticated works in their own right—their multiple-Oscar-winning Howards End (1992) is often considered their artistic pinnacle. Merchant died in 2005, but Ivory has kept the company going; The City of Your Final Destination, released in 2010, was the first “posthumous” Merchant Ivory film.