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Autobiography of a Princess (1975)

On the anniversary of her father's death, an Indian princess (Madhur Jaffrey) celebrates his memory in her London apartment by having tea and showing a selection of home movies to her guest... See full summary »

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Cyril Sahib
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On the anniversary of her father's death, an Indian princess (Madhur Jaffrey) celebrates his memory in her London apartment by having tea and showing a selection of home movies to her guest, her father's old tutor Cyril Sahib (James Mason).

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Autobiografia di una principessa  »

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The character portrayed by Madhur Jaffrey is never known by a personal name other than as "The Princess". See more »

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Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) See more »

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a two-hander tour de force helped by documentary footage
29 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

On the face of it, this film, an early effort from the Merchant-Ivory team, does not sound that interesting. Madhur Jaffrey plays an Indian princess exiled from her homeland and living in a London flat, where she plays hostess once a year to her late father's secretary, Cyril (James Mason).

Together they reminisce about the past and watch old films of the height of the Royal India and the days of the Raj. It is the use of this documentary film which makes 'Autobiography of a Princess' interesting. The characters themselves, the Princess and the secretary, both have their own ingrained prejudices and recollections, and neither really gain our sympathy.

However, the acting from both Jaffrey and Mason is outstanding and these characters really do live on the screen, warts and all.


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