In late 2014, the George Eastman Museum acquired the world’s largest collection of contemporary Indian cinema held by a museum or film archive. The collection consists of 775 prints representing 597 film titles—all in 35mm format, made between 1999 and 2013—and thousands of film posters. This exceptional donation represents not only films from the Hindi-language film industry commonly known as “Bollywood,” but also Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu productions. Throughout the run of the exhibition in the museum’s main galleries (November 11, 2017–May 13, 2018), the Dryden will screen a selection of films from the collection. This series will focus on both the collection’s diversity and especially interesting examples—either titles directed by today’s acclaimed masters of mainstream Indian cinema or groundbreaking titles that have decisively shaped the look of modern Indian film production.
Stories of Indian Cinema: Abandoned & Rescued
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