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Classic Charulata in festival line-up

Mumbai, Oct. 3: Restored prints of Satyajit Ray’s classics Shatranj ke Khilari and Charulata and Uday Shankar’s 1948 dance drama Kalpana will be screened at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival later this month as part of a special section of 17 films, the event’s organisers have said.

The other films in this section, titled Restored Classics, include Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America, John Ford’s 1941 film How Green Was My Valley, Elia Kazan’s Wild River, Japanese filmmaker Keisuke Kinoshita’s films Carmen Goes Home and The Ballad of Narayama.

Cinema lovers and film researchers will also get a rare glimpse into Indian silent cinema with nearly 12 films directed by pioneers like Dadasaheb Phalke, Baburao Painter and Kalipada Das to be screened to commemorate the centenary of Indian cinema.

Apart from Phalke’s 1913 film Raja Harishchandra, widely regarded as the first Indian feature film, this section features Phalke’s Kaliya Mardan and Shrikrishna Janma (Birth of Shri Krishna).

The section will also feature Painter’s 1927 films Sati Savitri and Muraliwala. A Kolhapur-based filmmaker, Painter is credited with making one of the earliest social films when the nascent film industry was making a string of mythological movies.

Kalipada Das’s Bengali comedy Jamai Babu (1931) will also be screened.

The section will also feature German-born filmmaker Franz Osten’s Throw of Dice, a 1929 movie based on an episode from the Mahabharata, with Hamburg-based orchestra Tuten & Blasen providing live music.

The festival, organised by the Mumbai Academy of the Mumbai Image headed by Shyam Benegal, will feature over 200 movies, including a 30-film package tracing the history of Italian cinema.

The stellar line-up includes Federico Fellini’s Casanova, Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist, Italo Spinelli’s Gangor, Michelangelo Antonioni’s Identification of a Woman, Nanni Moretti’s Bianca, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Scrounger, Luchino Visconti’s Sens, Vittorio De Sica’s Umerto D., and Roberto Rossellini’s 1952 film The Machine That Kills Bad People.

The eight-day festival will open at five venues, including the National Centre for the Performing Arts, on October 18.