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Autobiography of a Princess Autobiography of a Princess, an hour-long, made-for-public-TV gem from the Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team (A Room With a View...Autobiography of a PrincessRomance, DramaPT60MUnrated Autobiography of a Princess, an hour-long, made-for-public-TV gem from the Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team (A Room With a View...1992-02-14Connoisseur Video
B+

Autobiography of a Princess

Genre: Romance, Drama; Starring: Madhur Jaffrey, James Mason; Director: James Ivory; Runtime (in minutes): 60; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Connoisseur Video

Autobiography of a Princess, an hour-long, made-for-public-TV gem from the Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team (A Room With a View) brings a self-exiled Indian princess (Madhur Jaffrey) and her father’s ex-tutor (James Mason) together on the deceased king’s birthday. Sipping Darjeeling tea as they bemoan their fallen positions, the chirpy Jaffrey and slightly pained Mason are alternately jovial and mournful, moving from reverential happiness, through sadness and confusion, to a distinct vindictiveness. The spare plot and limited setting — Jaffrey’s London apartment — suits video’s dimensions well, and aside from the ungainly score, this drama of loss is unpretentious and gripping. B+