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
1627894268
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical,stereo
4 videodiscs (600 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 841887025638

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celebritybarb
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.

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JeanieG
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.

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talktimereader
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.

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MAXWHELAN
Oct 10, 2016

Not at all like Downton Abbey! There is explicit sex and a great deal of violence. It's uncomfortable to have to revisit such a tortured time for India, although the country is so remarkably beautiful in this series. Do watch with caution… and not with children or sensitive teenagers.

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tenet
Oct 01, 2016

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

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jimg2000
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.)

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empbee
Jun 06, 2016

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

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tangofrau
Mar 04, 2016

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

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rslade
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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monbal2
Dec 12, 2015

A slow start but stick with it. The entire series covers just one summer season in the hills, where the British "elite" go to escape the heat. There are rumblings of unrest amongst the Indian population and Gandhi is amassing a following. Interesting cast with many relatively unknown actors but Julie Walters is marvellous as the scheming owner of the local club. There has to be another series, surely?

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JeanieG
Feb 17, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Definitely some intense and violent scenes

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JeanieG
Feb 17, 2017

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

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JeanieG
Feb 17, 2017

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

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