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Индия започва от кино „Одеон“
India Begins at the Odeon Cinema

Author(s): Andronika Martonova
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: During the last few years a growing tendency can be observed of large Asian film archive centers to seek all over the world for unknown artifacts and materials about Eastern cinematographs. The present article traces the presence of Indian cinema in Bulgaria the beginning of the past century till 1944. It attempts to reconstruct the contamination of these two identities in a concrete age thought the prism of film art. The study is based on materials published in the Bulgarian press – the large daily newspapers, magazines, specialized publications, such as Mir, Ilustrovano kino, Utro, Zarya, kino i Foto. The main accent is placed on advertising texts, informative articles, reviews, articles. It is interesting to note that the texts in the Bulgarian periodical press from the first half of the 20th century, concerning Indian cinema also, are quite historically truthful. The films of Himansu Raj and France Osten, Vishnupant Damle and Sheikh Fatelal, V. Shantaram, Nitin Boss, stars such as Devika Rani and Sabu – all this was part of the cultural life of the Bulgarian. Shown here were even titles that recreated the exotic life of India and which were shot on the subconti- nent. In the research and historical analysis it became clear that the films presented in the print media were of immense importance for the historical development of Indian cinema and quite often were subject of commentaries by the great film historians.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 30-37
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian