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Temples of India
Technicolor temple tour shot by the great Jack Cardiff
Travelogue 1938 10 mins
Though the version of Hinduism on offer here is like something out of the adventures of Indiana Jones, performed in the style of The King and I, the film does boast beautiful colour scenes of the temples at Mysore (Mysuru), Benares (Varanasi) and Belur. We also get to see a dancer performing Shiva's 'Dance of Destruction'. The film ends rather oddly with a moonlight trip to the Taj Mahal at Agra, the filmmaker appearing to forget that it was built by a Muslim emperor. Despite its limitations in objectivity and logic, Jack Cardiff's Technicolor cinematography lifts the film to a rather higher plane.
West and Central India
Sarnath, Benares & Santal Tribes
Documentary 1934 27 mins Silent
Film of the Santhal tribe of North East India featuring Sarnath and Benares (Varanasi) in Uttar Pradesh.
1929 10 mins Silent
This travelogue follows hunters in the Gir forest, capturing the titular fight and the gruesome aftermath.
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.
Travelogue 1935 17 mins
Cotton, rice and tea, mountain railways, elephants and buffalo: India’s life, landscape and people through Western eyes.
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.
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins
The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician