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Silent cinema

Gallant Hearts

Diler Jigar

One of very few surviving Indian silents, this film has everything from a Zorro-like heroine to storybook settings.

Image from Gallant Hearts

India 1931
Dir GP Pawar
With Lalita Pawar, Hamir, Ezak Daniel
With live musical accompaniment
Courtesy of the National Film Archive of India

Continuing the BFI’s India on Film season from 2017, we’re delighted to present Gallant Hearts, one of very few surviving Indian silents. This film shows the influence of Hollywood and particularly Douglas Fairbanks on the developing Indian film industry. Set in a storybook India, which allowed disparate Indian audiences to enjoy this adventure film, it features a spirited Zorro-like heroine and a hero straight out of The Thief of Baghdad.

+ Simhastha Mela/Simhastha Parvani
India 1920-21. Dir DG Phalke. c4min
Fragments of actuality coverage of the great Hindu festival of the Kumbh Mela held in Nasik.

The January Silent Cinema screening of Gallant Hearts and Simhastha Mela will be accompanied by Stephen Horne and Jeevan Singh. Stephen has long been considered one of the leading silent film accompanists. A house pianist at BFI Southbank for thirty years, he has played at all the major UK venues and recorded music for many DVD releases of silent films. Although principally a pianist, he often incorporates other instruments into his performances, sometimes simultaneously.

Jeevan Singh is a young and gifted musician hailing from the MIGHTY MIGHTY Bristol, U.K. He is an all-round, multi-Instrumentalist but his expertise lies in rhythm and percussion, namely Dholak, Dhol, and Tabla. Jeevan plays regularly with Bristol Bhangra Band RSVP and is currently working on RSVP's new album. Join us for what will be a special audio-visual experience.




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