A wonderful and unmissable documentary
Released before Rossellini’s India, highly praised by French critics but mysteriously forgotten
India is a mysterious continent; India favolosa is an equally mysterious documentary. In fact, it is probably one of the least-seen large production feature-length documentaries of post-war Italian cinema. It is worth mentioning that the film was released four years before Roberto Rossellini’s India, which, on the other hand, is considered a classic thanks to the fame of the director. Macchi and Girosi’s film, more ethnographic than touristic in nature, was highly praised by the French press. La Cinématographie Française wrote: “This exceptional documentary, with the impeccable photography of Claude Renoir, is worth seeing and is destined to become a classic. An incomparable monument.” Things went differently, and so this is a chance to fix that.
From Bombay to Benares, to the holy city of Allahabad, the customs and traditions of the people of India. Processions, religious rites, dances, fakirs, ascetics, hermits, the Ganges, ancient temples, modern cities…