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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
Temples of India
Travelogue 1938 10 mins
Technicolor temple tour shot by the great Jack Cardiff
1929 10 mins Silent
This travelogue follows hunters in the Gir forest, capturing the titular fight and the gruesome aftermath.
In Rural Maharashtra
Documentary 1945 11 mins
Happy farmers, a wedding and some giant cauliflowers...
Commissioner Higgins Visits Ahmedabad Girls' School
Non-Fiction 1904 4 mins Silent
Salvation Army officials are given a welcoming salute on a visit to a girls' school in Gujurat, western India
Simla - Maharajah Kumar
Amateur film 1928 16 mins Silent
From Sir Conrad Corfield's collection, this film shows scenery around Simla, wrestling and a visit by the Maharajah Kumar.
In India Today: Gandhi : Stormy Petrel of Indian Politics Pathé Gazette No. 1705
Non-Fiction 1930 2 mins Silent
Newsreel capturing the final leg of Mahatma Gandhi’s epic 24-day march through Gujarat to break the colonial salt laws.
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's