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Villenour 1914


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Villenour 1914

5 mins France

These gorgeous stencil-coloured images of French India - present-day Puducherry - have a dreamlike quality. The arrival of a well-to-do European family, dutifully attended to by the locals, gives a semblance of narrative to what is largely a purely picturesque escapist experience - transporting Western viewers to an out-of-time 'exotic' netherworld.

This was a French production but like many of the travel films so popular in early cinema it travelled widely itself - hence this version with English language titles.

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