Thursday, November 19, 2009

Louis Malle's Phantom India / L'Inde Phantome

Stumbled upon these beautiful clips the other day of the 1968 documentary L'Inde Phantome (Phantom India), by the French film director Louis Malle. Mesmerizing. I was especially taken by the personal tone of the film's narration. I think it really adds something to the footage - somehow making the director's own story part of the one he is telling of India at that moment in time...

Also see these clips of the same documentary:

caste system (part 1, part 2, part 3)
Toda tribe
temple cart (part 1, part 2)

They are all so great! I am going to have to rent this somewhere so I can watch the whole thing.


"But these dancers have gone beyond technique. These images clearly show dance as language, or better yet, dialogue."


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