If you can blank out the condescending narration you’ll find much to admire in this gorgeous Technicolor short filmed in Rajputana (now Rajasthan). Hindu wedding celebrations, a Brahmin initiation ceremony and everyday village scenes are captured with Jack Cardiff’s marvellous cinematography. Although nominally a documentary, some scenes are clearly enacted by the locals, including a demonstration of local superstitions and the reactions to a fire that threatens to destroy the village. But, as our politically incorrect narrator helpfully points out, the village will rise again thanks to “the stubborn tenacity peculiar to peasants”.
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