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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
Documentary 1934 27 mins Silent
Film of the Santhal tribe of North East India featuring Sarnath and Benares (Varanasi) in Uttar Pradesh.
Taj Mahal, Local Indian Scenes and a cruise to Port Said: Colonel Alexander Personal Film 5 Taj Mahal, Local Indian Scenes and a cruise to Port Said: Colonel Alexander Personal Film 5
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Street Scenes in India: Colonel Alexander Personal Film 1 Street Scenes in India: Colonel Alexander Personal Film 1
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