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10-17-06 India Recognized largely in European film festivals in post-War Luis Bunuel’s “The Forgotten Ones”—first Mexican film recognized in film festivals 2 nd most populous country in the world- 1.1 billion people Incredible diversity (linguistic and otherwise) within the country Over 200 languages (Hindi official language only 1/3 of people) English was only spoken by about 3% 25 states in India—each has a different language and culture Among the top 10 industrial nations, but most are rural, mixed development and socialist policy Government runs most of industry, except farming Cinema corresponds to the size of the country and linguistics World’s largest and culturally diverse film industry, also least heralded and understood cinema July 7, 1896- representative of the Lumiere Bros. stopped in India and showed shorts Within a year, they had got the equipment to make movies 1913- “Raja Harijara” draws upon historical and mythical accounts of history Myths, historical epics, stunt films, modern social dramas 1931- first feature-length sound film Alam Ara used song and dance Every movie will have a star, 2 songs and 3 dances? Easily accessible beyond language Use a composite language—Hindustani—which could be understood by ½ population
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