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Cotton, rice and tea, mountain railways, elephants and buffalo: India’s life, landscape and people through Western eyes.
Travelogue 1935 17 mins
Cotton, rice and tea, mountain railways, elephants and buffalo – this survey of India’s life, landscape and people takes the form of a brisk and sunny travelogue. As the title suggests, it’s a rather romanticised Western view of Britain’s biggest colony.
Little is known of CE Hodges, but he seems to have specialised in throwing together English language travelogues out of footage sourced from elsewhere – in this case, possibly material originally shot under government auspices in India, recut by Hodges as diverting domestic entertainment.
West and Central India
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Technicolor temple tour shot by the great Jack Cardiff
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Commissioner Higgins Visits Ahmedabad Girls' School Commissioner Higgins Visits Ahmedabad Girls' School
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In India Today: Gandhi : Stormy Petrel of Indian Politics Pathé Gazette No. 1705 In India Today: Gandhi : Stormy Petrel of Indian Politics Pathé Gazette No. 1705
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Edward VII and Queen Alexandra open new buildings at Marischal College, Aberdeen
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Grandma sews a patch on her grandson’s trousers
1903 1 mins Silent
Four-year-old girl and boy dance a mean cakewalk