|Writers||Louis Malle (writer)
|Awards||1969 Cannes Film Festival|
|Plot||With minimal narration by the director and very little context this is a kaleidoscope of stunning visuals from Calcutta, a city of 8,000,000 in the late 1960's: rich and poor, exotic and mundane, secular and religious, children and adults, animate and inanimate. Given only the images, the viewer can read any meaning she or he wants into the film.... see Calcutta on IMDb|
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|Louis Malle's journey through India's great city initially appears to be a simple travelogue of everyday sights and sounds; street performers, wrestlers, religious festivals, political rallies and so on. But the film's simplicity is most deceptive. Malle documents minute details of individual lives and situations- poverty forcing Moslem and Hindu to live together; the emotional protests of a former government official who is left unemployed and outcast after contracting leprosy; the building of a skyscraper without modern equipment; rituals of life and death and weaves them into an awesome tapestry. English narration by Louis Malle.|
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