Saturday, October 1, 2011
Light of Asia (1925) Shiraz (1928) Throw of Dice (1929) Seeta Devi COMPLETE 3 DVD Trilogy
Original Scores by Brian Pinette
The Light of Asia (1925)
A 1925 silent film, directed by Franz Osten and Himansu Rai. It was film adapted from the book, The Light of Asia (1879) in verse, by Edwin Arnold, based on the life of Prince Gautama Buddha, who after enlightenment became the Buddha, the learned one. (a/k/a Die Leuchte Asiens in German)
The film was an Indo-European co-production, with German technicians and Indian actors, and it managed to steer clear of the usual exotic depiction of Indian culture favoured by western filmmakers up until then. It was made with the cooperation of the Maharajah of Jaipur and contained a cast of thousands. Shooting took place in Lahore, in what is now Pakistan, where the set decoration was created by Devika Rani, the wife of actor/director Himanshu Rai and a noted actress herself. The film was released in the USA by the Film Arts Guild on 11 May 1928.
Starring Seeta Devi, Himansu Rai, Sarada Ukil
Directed by Franz Osten, Himansu Rai
Produced by Great Eastern Film Corporation / Münchner Lichtspielkunst AG
Written by Edwin Arnold (story), Niranjan Pal (screenplay)
Cinematography, Willi Kiermeier and Josef Wirsching.
Distributed by Münchner Lichtspielkunst AG / Great Eastern Film Corporation
Release date: 22 October 1925 (Germany)
Running time: 97 min
mansu Rai Film, Universum Film (UFA)
Runtime: 97 min
A Throw of Dice- Prapancha Pash (1929) Seeta Devi
A silent film by German-born director, Franz Osten, based on an episode from the Indian epic The Mahabharata.
Franz Osten made 19 films in India between 1926 and 1939, and the film formed the final part of a trilogy of Indo-German productions, between Franz Osten and Indian actor-producer Himanshu Rai, the other films being Prem Sanyas (1925) and Shiraz (1928). After a gap, Osten returned to India, and worked with Bombay Talkies formed by Rai. Soon, during the production of Kangan (The Bangle) in 1939, Osten, a member of the Nazi Party, was arrested by British colonial officials and held through to the end of the World War II.
The film has been in the British Film Institute (BFI)’s archives since 1945, though rarely seen. In 2006, the film was digitally restored, in honour of the 60th anniversary of Indian independence, and re-released at the Luminato Festival, Toronto, Canada, on 13 June 2008, with a new orchestral score by British Indian composer, Nitin Sawhney. The United States release occurred on 30 July 2008 during Grant Park Music Festival at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.
Original Score, Brian Pinette
Starring Seeta Devi, Himansu Rai, Charu Roy, Modhu Bose
Directed by Franz Osten
Produced by Nadine Luque, Tim Pearce, Himansu Rai, Bruce Wolfe
Written by W.A Burton, Max Jungk, Niranjan Pal (story) ... Cinematography, Emil Schünemann
Country: Germany, British India, United Kingdom ... Release date: 16 August 1929
Running time: 74 min
A historical romance set in the Mughal Empire. Selima (Enakshi) is a princess-foundling raised by a potter and loved by her brother...
Stars: Himansu Rai, Charu Roy and Seeta Devi
Director: Franz Osten
Writers: William A. Burton, Niranjan Pal (play)
Country: India | UK | Germany
Release Date: 1928 (Germany)
Also Known As: Das Grabmal einer großen Liebe
Filming Locations: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Production Co: British Instructional Films (BIF), Himansu Rai Film, Universum Film (UFA)
Runtime: 97 min
3 No-region DVD in DVD/CD sleeve, photo label.
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