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Il primo film di Bollywood

Multimedia   05.05.16  

Raja Harishchandra diretto da Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, il padre del cinema indiano, è stato il primo lungometraggio prodotto in India.
Il film che narra le gesta di un leggendario re uscì nelle sale il 21 aprile del 1913. Soltanto 40 minuti di girato sono sopravvisuti alla storia.

The story centres around the hero Harishchandra, a noble king, who, to honour his promise to the sage Vishwamitra, sacrifices his kingdom, his wife, and eventually also his children. By the end, however, having pleased the Gods with his actions, Harishchandra’s former glory is restored.

Phalke was apparently inspired to make films after watching the French film The Life of Christ (1902), twice in one day. He quit his job at a printing press and went to London to learn the technical ins and outs of making a film. Returning to India, he pledged in his life-assurance policies and his wife sold her jewellery to raise the capital needed.

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Le regine della nonfiction

Multimedia   14.04.16  

Ann Friedman ha raccolto un'antologia sulla nonfiction americana.
56 articoli, uno per ogni anno tra il 1960 e il 2016, scritti da 56 giornaliste.

I found them — one for each of the past 56 years. And I was ashamed. Despite the fact that I graduated from journalism school, own several nonfiction anthologies, and am an avid reader of magazines, this was the first time I read much of their work. It was the first time I’d even seen many of their names. The male bylines I scrolled past in decades-old tables of contents were familiar, either because those men are still working their prestigious jobs today, or because they have been anthologized. Most of the women nonfiction writers of previous eras, I discovered after some Googling, had short-lived journalistic careers. And the excellent work they did produce has escaped every curator of the past several decades. We simply haven’t remembered them. And it's time we start.

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