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by Louis Malle




Director: Louis Malle

Script: Louis Malle

Cinematographer: Etienne Becker, Louis Malle

Editing: Suzanne Baron

Sound: J.C. Laureux

Music: Thème du Ramayana et du Mhabharata

Production: Nouvelles Editions de films

Pyramide Distribution
5 rue du Chevalier de St George
75008 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 1969

35 mm, Colour, 105 min, OV French Language

Awarded at Melbourne Film Festival

The film is an experiment of direct cinema shot in Calcutta in February 1968. Entirely improvised, the film depicts the lives of its inhabitants and the huge problems related to the economical and demographical situation of the city. This very original form of reporting allows us to enter the reality of the city with its daily life, its overcrowded streets, its markets, its women and students'demonstrations, its slums and factories...

A great documentary classic.

"I decided to immerse myself in India, the true India and not the westernised one, see what would happen and report it with a camera. I did not have any project; I wanted to allow things come to me... This film does not pretend to be but what it is: a glance on the city over a few weeks. A westerner's glance. Totally improvised, it was shot by the three of us (cameraman, sound engineer and director), in colour, with synchronised sound, in a very flexible style of reporting allowing to dive into the reality of the city, without mise en scene nor any aes thethical preoccupation." Louis Malle

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