David Lean's final film is a visually stunning film of oppression and sexual repression with a hard look at colonialism and its impact on the oppressed and the oppressors. Dreamlike in its visuals but realistic in its tone, a nice end to a grand career.
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.
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.
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.
Quinze ans après "La fille de Ryan", David Lean nous livre sa dernière superproduction. Il n'évite guère les faciles et récurrents pièges de l'académisme, mais la distribution reste impeccable (seule et maigre consolation)... www.cinefiches.com
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.
The more I watch David Lean films, the more I grow to despise his "epics." Passage to India and Doctor Zhivago are "spectacle films," long, bloated, with bland cinematography that won't hold up on anything past the theater screen. Come to think of it, they are the older siblings of today's Infinity War and Endgame. Maybe Lawrence of Arabia was lightning in a bottle? Judy Davis is great in this, however.