Dir. Ketan Mehta (1986).
Spunky, sensuous Smita Patil, the preeminent Indian film actress of her generation, gave her final performance in her trademark role as a peasant with the bearing of a queen. Directed by Ketan Mehta, Spices has terrific visual vibrancy; set in the decade before Indian’s independence, it’s less a national epic than a faux naïve folk pageant on the subject of male privilege and female solidarity.
Sat., Nov. 13, 7 p.m.; Tue., Nov. 16, 4:15 p.m., 2010