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Cotton Mary [videorecording] / Universal ; Merchant Ivory Productions presents a film by Ismail Merchant ; directed by Ismail Merchant ; written by Alexandra Viets ; produced by Nayeem Hafizka, Richard Hawley.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Sage Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Hood River County Library District.

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Summary:

1954, the Malabar Coast. British and Anglo-Indian identities blur when an English-woman with a neglectful husband births a sickly baby. Cotton Mary, a hospital aide and moralizing Anglophile who claims her father was a British officer, takes over the infant's care and, without a word to the mother, takes the baby daily to her sister to nurse. Mary moves into the English household, taking over more and more duties as she plays on the mother's fatigue and lack of spousal counsel: in effect, Mary colonizes the English household while she pilfers its stores and tells tall tales to her own family. For how long can Mary sustain her rule before the Englishwoman stands on her own feet?
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library DVD FIC COT (Text) 33892005267738 Adult DVDs DVD None 10/06/2009 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0783248393
  • ISBN: 9780783248394
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios, [2000]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Widescreen format (aspect ratio 1.85:1).
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1999.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Editor, John David Allen ; music, Richard Robbins ; director of photography, Pierre L'Homme.
Participant or Performer Note:
Greta Scacchi, Madhur Jaffrey, James Wilby, Neena Gupta, Sarah Badel, Joanna David, Sakina Jaffrey, Gemma Jones, Nadira, Prayag Raaj, Surekha Sikri, Laura Lumley.
Summary, etc.:
1954, the Malabar Coast. British and Anglo-Indian identities blur when an English-woman with a neglectful husband births a sickly baby. Cotton Mary, a hospital aide and moralizing Anglophile who claims her father was a British officer, takes over the infant's care and, without a word to the mother, takes the baby daily to her sister to nurse. Mary moves into the English household, taking over more and more duties as she plays on the mother's fatigue and lack of spousal counsel: in effect, Mary colonizes the English household while she pilfers its stores and tells tall tales to her own family. For how long can Mary sustain her rule before the Englishwoman stands on her own feet?
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: R.
System Details Note:
DVD.
Language Note:
English (surround) or French language soundtrack with optional French subtitles ; closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired.
Subject: Social classes > India > Drama.
Racially mixed people > India > Drama.
English > India > Drama.
Women > India > Drama.
India > Social conditions > 1947- > Drama.
Malabar Coast (India) > Drama.
Feature films.
Films for the hearing impaired

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