Autobiography of a Princess
|Autobiography of a Princess|
|Directed by||James Ivory|
|Produced by||Ismail Merchant|
|Written by||R. Prawer Jhabvala|
|Music by||Vic Flick|
|Edited by||Humphrey Dixon|
|Distributed by||Contemporary Films Ltd. (UK)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
Autobiography of a Princess (1975) is a film by Merchant Ivory Productions (directed by James Ivory, written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and produced by Ismail Merchant), starring James Mason and Madhur Jaffrey.
An Indian Princess (Madhur Jaffrey), long-divorced and living in self-enforced exile in 1970's London, spends time with her father's ex-tutor, Cyril Sahib (James Mason), watching film footage of Royal India and talking of a past world. There is a great deal of fascinating real-life footage and interviews with India's royalty: the Maharajas' of India and the end they faced due to the 1960s socialist reforms introduced by India's then Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi.
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