India Song

(France, 1975, 121 minutes)

In 1937 Calcutta, the unhappy wife of the French ambassador to India attracts a court of admirers. A film experience quite unlike any other, since the story is entirely told through the spoken word soundtrack and the images on screen are extended static tableaux that work as moving illustrations; the effect is dazzling, poignant and hypnotic, but certainly not for the average viewer. 1976’s Son Nom de Venise en Calcutta Désert is a further audiovisual experimentation on the same text, with the exact same soundtrack illustrated by a totally different set of visuals.

Stéphane Tchalgadjieff presents a Sunchild/Les Films Armorial production. Starring Delphine Seyrig, Michel Lonsdale, Mathieu Carrière, Claude Mann, Vernon Dobtcheff, Didier Flamand, Claude Juan. Directed and written by Marguerite Duras; music by Carlos d'Alessio; director of photography, Bruno Nuytten; film editor, Solange Leprince.


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