Shiraz: A Romance of India
1928, Franz Osten, India/UK/Germany, 105 min. With Himansu Rai, Enakshi Rama Rau, Charu Roy
- Fri, Nov 30th 2:00pm
- Sun, Dec 2nd 3:00pm
- Thu, Dec 6th 6:00pm
"A real marvel…There is endless warmth, skill and ambition behind this semi-fictional silent story." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Recently rediscovered and beautifully restored by the British Film Institute, SHIRAZ is a feast for the eyes and ears. A lavish Indian-British-German coproduction, it combines legend and history to tell the rousing, romantic tale of a child princess orphaned by a bandit attack and raised by the humble family of the love-struck potter Shiraz. She is then kidnapped and sold as a slave in a Mughal palace, where the growing love between her and the prince saddens the still loyal Shiraz and arouses the jealousy of a general's scheming daughter. Conceived by producer/star Himansu Rai and based on a play by Niranjan Pal, this predominantly Indian production is notable for its respectful treatment of Indian and Muslim culture. Filmed entirely on location in India, the backgrounds, from desert vistas to ornate palaces, are dazzling, and this silent film is greatly enhanced by a gorgeous new orchestral score by renowned composer and sitarist Anoushka Shankar. New 2K DCP digital restoration. (MR).