Calcutta

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Calcutta

  • 1969 ----- color ----- 99 min ----- 16mm
  • The problems of urban congestion are painfully drawn in Louis Malle's documentary on the living conditions of Calcutta's eight million inhabitants. A city which has long suffered an acute population crisis and the accompanying ecological catastrophies, Calcutta is slowly strangling itself by its inability to change. Malle photographs all the disease, deformity and death that is present together with other aspects of Calcutta's lifestyle: a bourgeois wedding, a cremation, the Royal Calcutta Golf Course, political unrest, a student demonstration, religious practices, a polo match and a leper colony.
  • Topics: (Motion Pictures: Documentary, South Asian Studies)