Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Silent movie nights in May 2018

I am delighted to present the May schedule of silent movies that will be featured in the Odie Cinema in Second Life. This month we'll be entering an uncharted territory, with our first ever exploration of the silent cinema of India! (Well, technically, British India...)

So, get your sarees or sarongs, and join us on any or all of the following Fridays from 1 pm SLT.

4 May 2018
Kaliya Mardan (The Childhood of Krishna, 1919)

Directed by Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema. It shows the playful and mischievous nature of Krishna - one the key characters of Hindu mythology.

Dadasaheb Phalke

11 May 2018
Prem Sanyas (The Light of Asia, 1925)

This silent film interestingly belongs to the cinema of both Germany and India - it was directed by Franz Osten and Himansu Rai and co-produced by Great Eastern Film Corporation and Münchner Lichtspielkunst AG, starring actors from India: Himansu Rai, Seeta Devi and Sarada Ukil. It is an adaption of the book "The Light of Asia" by Edwin Arnold, telling the story of Siddharta Gautama - the Buddha.

Seeta Devi and Himansu Rai

18 May 2018
A Throw of Dice (1929)

Another Franz Osten - Himansu Rai work, considered the best out of 19 movie Osten filmed in India. It tells the story of two gambling-prone kings fighting over Suneeta, the beautiful daughter of a hermit (another role played by Seeta Devi).

25 May 2018
Jamai-Babu (1931)

A silent comedy directed by Kalipada Das (who also wrote and starred in it). A country bumpkin goes to visit his in-laws in Calcutta and ends up having a lot of adventures in the big city.

I hope you will be able to join us! To reach Odie Cinema in Second Life, please follow this SLurl.

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