Director: Franz Osten. With live accompaniment by John Sweeney
Starring: Himansu Rai, Charu Roy, Seeta Devi.
Newly restored by the BFI, Shiraz comes to Cambridge straight from its Archive Gala presentation at the BFI London Film Festival. Based on the 17th-century love story that inspired the building of the Taj Mahal, this pioneering silent was directed by a German but filmed entirely in India with an all-Indian cast. Himansu Rai stars as Shiraz, a humble potter’s son who is deeply enamoured of his beautiful foster-sister. When she is kidnapped and sold in slavery to a Mughal prince, he rushes to her rescue… With its spellbinding images and touching performances, this spectacular romance still enchants us today.
Director: Franz Osten.
With live accompaniment by John Sweeney