Viceroy's House

Viceroy's House

DVD - 2017
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The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, IFC Films,, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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jimg2000
Aug 19, 2018

Similar viewing experience as lavasushi who commented on Feb 18, 2018. On the other hand, the film began with the quote: “History is written by the victors.” And for this Hollywood/BBC film, written by its writer, director and producer Gurinder Chadha. Like to add that the only confirmed truth were the suffering of the people and those newsreel footage of real historic events and peoples in that momentous year 1947.

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voisjoe1_0
Jul 28, 2018

A somewhat clinical film exploring how the UK went about granting India independence a short time after the end of WWII. The land was divided into two countries, India and Pakistan. A million citizens died in the skirmish of the people as they fled to the country they wanted to be a part of.

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calvoer
Jun 24, 2018

Interesting subject, grand production, but trite and simplistic in its treatment of history.

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INVS
May 03, 2018

This was a random choice for me and what an education I received. Despite knowing just enough about his time period to be dangerous, I now realize how little I really comprehended from other films or history books. Religion, a mean, hateful endeavor upon one's fellow human. Everyone thinks their belief in 'god' is the only path and this shows otherwise. Humans simply cannot live in peace with one another.

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lavasushi
Feb 18, 2018

Wow. Not a warm fuzzy for the cold, calculating, passing the buck, conquer, rule then flee, British. I enjoy these kinds of films because I am unfamiliar with what happened. I understand it’s not a documentary, but Pakistan’s formation was very difficult and this story was told by someone with family involved. Important and somber showing the division by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking.
I’m not buying the love story part though.

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COURIER3
Feb 06, 2018

Interesting true story. Later in life Mountbatten was blown up on his yacht by the Irish terrorists.

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nat_cyr0
Feb 05, 2018

Enjoyed watching this movie, drags on at some parts, Gillian Anderson does a wonderful trun as Edwina Mountbatten, characters of the staff could be better developed, it was more their stories then about the Mountbattens.

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Emmysmom1
Jan 25, 2018

Moving, powerful movie.

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Shellie1_us
Jan 20, 2018

I have watched many movies and read some history of the partition of India. It is a tragic history, and they could not agree to live together in peace, but to divide the country. Now there is India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as Pakistan divided in a civil war. This movie was too short to show a lot of the chaos, and brutal riots. This movie has good acting, and beautifully filmed.

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LauraSteinert
Jan 02, 2018

The story of another time Great Briton destroyed a civilization (Hey at least is is not one the USA has to take the blame for!) and made a strong attempt at ethnic genocide. If you want a "fun" history like Downtown Abby or Call the Midwife, this is not for you. If you want to understand why GB nearly destroyed India by created Pakistan while knowing it was the worst possible choice for the people there, (But good for rich British people) then this is a wonderful look at government and aristocracy run amok.

Excellent acting; "natives" pictured are real people not snicker-worthy stereotypes; well written; historically accurate; but still somehow very entertaining.

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