Shiraz: A Romance of India

image from the film Shiraz: A Romance of India

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image from film SHIRAZ: A ROMANCE OF INDIA

Shiraz is a ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal. Filmed on location in and around Jaipur with an all-Indian cast (including 50,000 extras, 300 camels and seven elephants), the film features stunning Islamic architecture and the landscape of Rajasthan. Shown in a recent digital restoration by the British Film Institute with a specially commissioned score by the Grammy Award-winning composer-sitar player Anoushka Shankar, performed by a traditional ensemble infused with strings and a Moog synthesizer. Film critic J. Hoberman wrote of the film when it was shown in New York, “No less impressive than these lavish backdrops are the movie’s understated performances and its overall naturalism. Satyajit Ray, who brought neorealism to India in his 1955 Pather Panchali, praised [German director] Osten as a pioneer with a ‘decided penchant for realism.’”

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Subtitled • Ithaca Premiere