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Exploring the German thread

Kaavya Pradeep Kumar
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It is hard to believe that Germany was a ‘crucible of good cinema’ during the inter-World War years. But there was a force that began to position itself against the influence of the Hollywood film industry and it grew powerful, spreading to most European nations and to South Asia. The age of German expressionistic work dawned during the 1920s, primarily as an answer to the blasé and cheerier content of films that dominated the silent era. Unfortunately, it is a little known fact that Indian film history boasts of a rich chapter that blossomed out of Indo-German collaboration, says curator and critic Meenakshi Shedde.

In fact, this is the very first time that a film festival in India is devoting a segment to ‘Indian Expressionism’. A huge success during the Toronto International Film Festival last year, there was finally some discussion and interest that spiked on this relatively unexplored realm of filmmaking.

Ms. Shedde is a film-lover who gravitated towards writing reviews even though she was tasked other beats as a young journalist in Mumbai. She spoke to The Hindu on the sidelines of the IFFK on the stunning works born out of the Indo-German connection.

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