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Passage To India, A

Take a trip back to when the British film industry did period drama because they were good at it, not just because they couldn’t think of anything else that didn’t involve pretend cockneys. We recall how in the early ’90s – 1990 itself, we think – this was the big film at Easter weekend, raising a wave of apathy rarely encountered other than at election time. It’s certainly a *BIG* film, cos David Lean made it and he didn’t make little ‘uns, but by Jove, it drags like a knackered elephant’s foot. Most entertaining of course, is Alec Guinness in full Curry and Chips mode as Professor Godbole but there’s also Richard ‘H.A.P.P.Y.’ Wilson and Saeed ‘Tandoori Nights’ Jaffrey.

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