L’ultimo film di David Lean, maestro del cinema britannico, è un’opera strana e affascinante. Inizia come un viaggio di formazione e conoscenza di una cultura altra, prosegue come una critica al colonialismo britannico, per poi trasformarsi in una specie di “discesa verso gli inferi” del protagonista indiano scatenata da un episodio alquanto misterioso e volutamente non del tutto chiarito. Da recuperare!
Brits abroad. Rich, colourful and enthralling with it’s vast landscape shots, Lean goes out in style, in this his last feature. Intelligently dealing with a still relevant subject (i.e.. colonial attitudes to race) but it’s the visuals (as usual) that impress me the most. Sweeping astonishment, and it even gets a little Picnic at Hanging Rock[ at the plot’s most significant point.
A wonderful film about the shock of cultures and prejudices, A Passage to India features amazing performances by Judy Davis and Victor Banerjee. Some sequences are just incredible: the scenes at the caves are full of a growing tension that almost leads to a supernatural feeling (a bit like Picnic at Hanging Rock). Lean really is a master.
Very strong and hypnotic film. All the actors give awesome performances and the film makes you understand how the fight between different cultures is full of mysteries, personnal fears and the uncapacity to love. David Lean shows a very clever way to depict colonization.
One of the more conspicuous entries in the 1980s so-called Raj Revival, this sadly amounts to a cinematic Aunt Edna. It's handsome and well mounted as you'd expect of Lean, but it's too muted in its transposing Forster's more pointed novel and loses much of the, perhaps obvious, anti-colonial tone. Well meaning but dull.