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Silent Cinema in India: A Pictorial Journey

B.D. Garga (Author)

The Moving Picture First Came to India a mere few months after the Lumiere brothers screened their first 'films' in Paris in December 1895. Writhin a decades, film-making had caught the imagination of artisis, photographers and busibnessmen the world over. Tragically, an overwhelming majority of those silent-era films are lost forever. In India, the situation is truly dismal. of the approximately 1,300 silent films produced between 1913 and 1931, barely 1 per cent have surcived, and not all of these in their entirety.

This extraordinary book documents a glorious phase of cinema in India ; the silent cinema era. Of the approximately 1,300 silent films produced between 1913 and 1931, barely one per cent have survived, and not all of these in their entirety. The book traces the stories of its earliest practitioners, who overcame many obstacles and pioneered several innovations to develop a cinema that often matched the standards of film-making in the West. B.D. Garga, arguably Indias finest film historian, paints a fascinating portrait of the era; and Himansu Rai, who gave Indian cinema an international presence back in the 1920s rhrought films like The Light of Asia and A Tbrow of Dice.

Illustrated with rare publicity brochures, stills, posters and other invaluable memorabilia, and including a perceptive foreword by renowned Oscar-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow, Silent Cinema in India: A Pictorial Journey brings alive the story of the birth of cinema in a country that is now the largest producer of films in the world.

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About the author

B.D. Garga

B.D.Garga (1924-2011) was one of India's most eminert film scholars and a founder member of the National Film Archive, Pune. and made his first documentary, Storm over Kashmir, in 1948-49. He made over fifty documentary films.

Between 1953 and 1957, Garga worked eith various film units in Europe and at the Mosfilm Studios, Moscow. He produced the golden jubilee of Indian cinema in 1962. In 1967, he was invited by the UNESCO to be on the committee of experts on the 'History of World Cinema'. He server as a member of the Film Advisory Board for many years and was honoured by the Film Federation of India for his contribution to the growth of conema in the country. In 1996, Garga received the first V. Shantaram Award for Lifetime Achievement in the field of documentary films at the Mumbai International Film Festival.

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Title Silent Cinema in India: A Pictorial Journey
Author B.D. Garga
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2012
Edition 1st.ed.
Publisher Collins Business
Language: English
isbn 9789350290804
length xx+225p., Illustrations; Some Colour; 29cm.