Stories of Indian Cinema: Abandoned & Rescued

In late 2014, the George Eastman Museum acquired the world’s largest collection of contemporary Indian cinema held by a museum or film archive. The collection consists of 775 prints representing 597 film titles—all in 35mm format, made between 1999 and 2013—and thousands of film posters. This exceptional donation represents not only films from the Hindi-language film industry commonly known as “Bollywood,” but also Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu productions. Throughout the run of the exhibition in the museum’s main galleries (November 11, 2017–May 13, 2018), the Dryden will screen a selection of films from the collection. This series will focus on both the collection’s diversity and especially interesting examples—either titles directed by today’s acclaimed masters of mainstream Indian cinema or groundbreaking titles that have decisively shaped the look of modern Indian film production.

Date:
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Stories of Indian Cinema | Rochester Premiere. In anticipation of the exhibition Stories of Indian Cinema: Abandoned & Rescued (opening November 11), we offer this unique and extraordinary glimpse into the vast world of Indian film culture through the story of P. K. Nair, India’s first and most renowned film archivist.
Date:
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time:
8 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Stories of Indian Cinema: Abandoned & Rescued. This is the quintessential love story of Indian cinema, based on a celebrated 1917 novel by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay and brought to the big screen many times, to huge popular acclaim.
Date:
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Stories of Indian Cinema: Abandoned & Rescued. Music! Romance! Drama! Suspense! The greatest box office triumph in the history of Indian cinema at the time of its release is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Bollywood in its most popular and beloved form. 
Date:
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Stories of Indian Cinema. One of the biggest sensations of modern Indian cinema, Lagaan is an epic tale of love and power (and sports!) set in a small village under British occupation.
Date:
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Stories of Indian Cinema. After the immense commercial and critical success of his historical drama Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, producer/writer/director Ashutosh Gowariker decided to tackle a pressing contemporary issue—and do so in a slightly more contemplative way.
Date:
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Stories of Indian Cinema. The latest and arguably most lavish film adaptation of the famous 1899 Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada depicts the life of the titular Lucknow courtesan and poet’s rise to fame and her struggle to find love. 
Date:
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Stories of Indian Cinema. Dev D is an atypically subversive and audacious contemporary take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 1917 novel Devdas, one of the most popular non-epic Indian literary works. The existential angst of a reckless youth, inadvertently marching toward his doom, is captured poetically in this film, with the latent hope of how love (or the acknowledgement of love) can redeem oneself and impart meaning to the misery of being. 
Date:
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Stories of Indian Cinema. A singular example of a Tamil film in our ongoing Stories of Indian Cinema series, Kadal (literally meaning “sea”) is contemplative drama about crime, punishment, redemption, and religion, directed by Mani Ratnam, a true master of multilingual cinema.