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Encyclopedia > Madame Sousatzka
Madame Sousatzka
Directed by John Schlesinger
Written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Starring Shabana Azmi
Shirley MacLaine
Peggy Ashcroft
Twiggy
Navin Chowdhry
Release date 1988
Running time 122 minutes
Language English
IMDb profile

Madame Sousatzka (1988) is a film directed by John Schlesinger, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. It is based upon the novel of the same name by Bernice Rubens. John Richard Schlesinger (February 16, 1926–July 25, 2003) was a British film director. ... Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (born May 7, 1927) is an Academy Award winning screenwriter, best known as the writer for Merchant Ivory films. ... Shabana Azmi Shabana Azmi (born 18 September 1950 at New Delhi, India) is the daughter of famous Urdu poet Kaify Azmi. ... Shirley MacLaine (born April 24, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American actress well-known not only for her acting, but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation. ... Dame Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft, DBE (22 December 1907–14 June 1991) was an English actress. ... Twiggy back in the late 1960s Twiggy in recent years Twiggy (born Leslie Hornby on September 19, 1949) is a British supermodel, actress, and singer, now usually known by her married name of Twiggy Lawson. ... British actor (b. ... John Richard Schlesinger (February 16, 1926–July 25, 2003) was a British film director. ... Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (born May 7, 1927) is an Academy Award winning screenwriter, best known as the writer for Merchant Ivory films. ... Bernice Rubens (July 26, 1928 - October 13, 2004) was a Welsh novelist and screenwriter. ...

Plot synopsis

Bengali immigrant Sushila Sen (Shabana Azmi) lives in London with her son Manek (Navin Chowdhry) who is musically gifted. She supports them both as a caterer of Indian food while Manek studies the piano with Madame Sousatzka (Shirley MacLaine) who is a Russian immigrant. Madame Sousatzka, while highly talented, never succeeded as a pianist and thus lives through her students, particularly talented ones such as Manek. Manek is soon forced to choose between Madame Sousatzka and his mother who both compete for his attention... The Bengali people are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group from South Asia with a history going back more than two millennia. ... Shabana Azmi Shabana Azmi (born 18 September 1950 at New Delhi, India) is the daughter of famous Urdu poet Kaify Azmi. ... British actor (b. ... Shirley MacLaine (born April 24, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American actress well-known not only for her acting, but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation. ...

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Madame Sousatzka (1220 words)
For Sousatzka the transitions are between a past world that has a dying place in the present and the question of whether she can ever get free of her mother and her own painful memories.
Madame is dead set against him going to the stage to early, because of her own painful experience.
Sousatzka is trying to remake him into a European so he can play the music more completely, but his mother resists the change because of her own desires to keep her boy close to her.
deseretnews.com - Movie review: Madame Sousatzka | Deseret Morning News Web edition (410 words)
Eccentric to the last, Madame S. is entranced by the world of music, yet fearful of it, due to her own failure in the concert setting as a promising young pianist — inadequacies brought about by a domineering mother.
This is the rich character played by Shirley MacLaine in "Madame Sousatzka," her first film since winning the Oscar for "Terms of Endearment" five years ago.
She's funny, clever and wondrous to behold, and she carries "Madame Sousatzka" to heights that might not readily seem warranted by the script, which is composed of elements that might seem overly familiar.
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