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Autobiography of a Princess

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Autobiography of a Princess

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
60 minutes
performer:
Madhur Jaffrey, James Mason
director:
James Ivory
distributor:
Connoisseur Video
genre:
Romance, Drama

We gave it a B+

Autobiography of a Princess, an hour-long, made-for-public-TV gem from the Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team (A Room With a View) brings a self-exiled Indian princess (Madhur Jaffrey) and her father’s ex-tutor (James Mason) together on the deceased king’s birthday. Sipping Darjeeling tea as they bemoan their fallen positions, the chirpy Jaffrey and slightly pained Mason are alternately jovial and mournful, moving from reverential happiness, through sadness and confusion, to a distinct vindictiveness. The spare plot and limited setting — Jaffrey’s London apartment — suits video’s dimensions well, and aside from the ungainly score, this drama of loss is unpretentious and gripping. B+