Showtime: period drama

houseIn “The Viceroy’s House”,  Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville of “Downton Abbey”) is dispatched to India to oversee the dissolution of the British Raj and establish an independent India.  Making a peaceful transition, however,  is no simple matter, given the sharp ethnic and religious divides within the country.   Gillian Anderson (“X-Files”) plays his wife, Edwina; Gurinder Chadha “Bend if Like Beckham”) directs with “sumptuous period detail”. In Victoria and Abdul, the aging queen (Judi Dench) strikes up a friendship with her Muslim secretary.   Tulip Fever”.  An artist falls for the married woman whose portrait has has been hired to paint. Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) plays the wife; Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”),  her overbearing husband.

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