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Temples of India (1938) - Jack Cardiff | BFI

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Published on Apr 1, 2010

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Don't come looking here for an insider's portrait of Hinduism; the religion on offer is like something out of the adventures of Indiana Jones, performed in the style of 'The King and I'. Nevertheless, this film offers a rare glimpse of religious ritual and architecture in India in the late 1930s.

The temples in question include those at Mysore, Varanasi and Belur and we also get to see a dancer performing Shiva's 'Dance of Destruction'. The film ends rather oddly with a moonlight trip to the Taj Mahal, the filmmaker appearing to forget that it was built by a Muslim emperor. But despite its limitations in objectivity and logic, Jack Cardiff's Technicolor cinematography lifts the film to a rather higher plane. (Robin Baker)

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