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58 Ratings

Shakespeare Wallah

Directed by James Ivory
India, 1965


Elegiac and atmospheric, Shakespeare Wallah put Merchant Ivory Productions on the international movie map. The film was inspired by in the real-life adventures of Ms. Kendal’s family as a traveling theater group in India during the final days of English colonial rule.

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Shakespeare Wallah Directed by James Ivory

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1965 | 2 wins including: Best Actress: Madhur Jaffrey

National Board of Review

1967 | Winner: Top Ten Films

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