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The Bengali Night (1988)

La nuit Bengali (original title)
A British engineer becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with his Indian employer's eldest daughter. As their passion ignites, the East-meets-West clash of cultures leads to surprising ... See full summary »

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Nicolas Klotz
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hugh Grant ... Allan
Shabana Azmi ... Indira Sen
Supriya Pathak ... Gayatri
John Hurt ... Lucien Metz
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Narendra Sen
Anne Brochet ... Guertie
Pierre-Loup Rajot Pierre-Loup Rajot ... Harold
Elisabeth Perceval Elisabeth Perceval ... Norinne
Anjan Dutt ... Khokha
Poornima Pathwardhan Poornima Pathwardhan ... Lilou
Steve Potts Steve Potts ... Steve
Utpal Dutt ... The Priest
Srirupa Chatterjee Srirupa Chatterjee ... Supriya
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A British engineer becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with his Indian employer's eldest daughter. As their passion ignites, the East-meets-West clash of cultures leads to surprising and tragic consequences.

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Country:

France | Switzerland | UK

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

26 October 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

As Noites de Bengali See more »

Filming Locations:

India See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of several mid to late 1980s period movies featuring Hugh Grant. The others being Maurice (1987), The Dawning (1988), White Mischief (1987), Champagne Charlie (1989), Rowing with the Wind (1988), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), and The Lady and the Highwayman (1989). See more »

Soundtracks

Saxophone Solo
Written and Performed by Steve Potts
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Americans beware, much more of a European sensibility
10 September 2006 | by ezerySee all my reviews

The beautiful part is that it is based on a true story that shows both the light and shadow in the interplay of Western and non-Western cultures. The less than wonderful part for an American audience (my wife and myself) was the pacing, the cinematography, the rambling philosophical bon mots that didn't seem to go anywhere or have a perspective one could really get a hold of. Not at all a Hollywood product -- a European effort and perhaps better enjoyed by those who enjoy European directors. We didn't watch the whole thing -- too slow, too painful. We found that the DVD's special feature interview with the producer was the best part. It also is about a Westerner's encounters with the Indian culture, but is more accessible.


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