The Guru

Film - Series | February 23 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute for South Asia Studies

James Ivory called The Guru “the most unseen and most mysterious of our movies . . . Merchant Ivory’s version of a sixties trip.” The film is centered around a sitar virtuoso (Uptal Butt) whose life is disrupted when he accepts an English pop star (Michael York) as a pupil and is simultaneously sought out by an exuberant young Englishwoman (Rita Tushingham) who decides to devote herself to him and his music. A gentle spoof on the Western fascination with the music and culture of India and the foibles of the flocks of seekers that descended on the country in the 1960s.

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