Indian Summers

Indian Summers

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2015
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Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, this epic drama tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, from both sides of the experience
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution, 2015
ISBN: 9781627894265
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (600 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Other Standard Identifier: 841887025638


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Apr 03, 2018

As British Rule in India approaches it's end, the social fabric of the country is both violent and in disarray. Very entertaining.

Feb 05, 2018

Delighted!! Found this Gem by happenstance and I feel lucky.
Beautiful! Looking forward to Season 2.

Mar 20, 2017

The cinematography was spectacular. The story started off slow but the character development kept me interested. It left me with many unanswered questions as to some of the relationships between the characters. As for the historical value, not sure that this gives an accurate account but it enticed me enough to want to see "The Jewel in the Crown" which appears to have been based on historical novels.

Feb 17, 2017

I found the first episodes of this series extremely enjoyable - love and family and history and political conflicts - a bit of a soap opera but in a good way. The production is elaborate and creates the time period of the 1930s in India beautifully. The characters are developed to seem real and represent the British and the Indians of that time. And lots of suspense and mystery and intrigue.

However by the end of the last episode of Season One I wasn't sure if I wanted to see any more of it. The story lines had deteriorated and become repetitive and the violence, racism and bigotry toward the Indian people was hard to watch. The was not enough depth to the reasons for these behaviors and the relationship between Britain and India that went back centuries. The good thing is that it made me get out my history book and learn more about that history.

I checked out Season Two of the series and did not even finish watching the first episode - it was just more of the same. I read that the series had been cancelled after the second season and looking at the ratings it seemed many others felt the same as I did. This was a difficult and ugly part of Britain's history - the treatment of the Indian people was beyond deplorable so maybe it was something the British would rather not revisit in soap opera format. I have heard that "The Jewel in the Crown" - a 1980s BBC TV production based on a series of historical novels - does a much better job of depicting this era.

Dec 01, 2016

Surely in the same league as Ghandi, Passage to India, and almost as good as The Jewel in the Crown quartet. It falls on all of us to study the mistakes made by the empire during the colonial days; to see the injustices, racism and greed. And learn from this.

Oct 01, 2016

Rated 10/10. Excellent series! Looking forward to season 2.

Jun 07, 2016

An above average soap opera version of The Jewel In The Crown, the first installment in telling how the Indian nation got its independence from the British Raj (1858–1947.) Central figures were the Machiavelian British socialites and the brooding Indian subjects in one Summer at Simla. Thoroughly enjoyed this picturesque period epic though filmed in Penang, Malaysia which was once occupied by the East Indian Company as well. (They did a good job to exclude its infamous monkeys that roam freely in troops all over Penang Hill.)

Jun 06, 2016

Slow at times but well done. Opens your eyes even wider to events in the 1930s India under British rule.

Mar 04, 2016

Absolutely overrated! Not worth watching............... I agree with the first reviewer-----"The Jewel In the Crown" is a "must see!"

Mar 04, 2016

Sorry, we couldn't really take more than the first three episodes. I expected a sort of "Downton Abbey in India," instead we get a sort of "Peyton Place: Raj." Obviously more is going on than the rebellion, but it's hard to care enough about the characters to wonder what.

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Feb 17, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Definitely some intense and violent scenes

Feb 17, 2017

Sexual Content: Lots of lust and sex but not a lot of nudity. Still, not for kids!

Feb 17, 2017

Violence: graphic violence - blood and gore in some parts. Not for kids!


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