Bom­bay Talkies at ACMI

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The Aus­tralian Cen­tre for the Mov­ing Im­age (ACMI) pre­sents the “Bom­bay Talkies” ex­hi­bi­tion, which cap­tures the ex­cite­ment and glam­our of early In­dian cin­ema with a trea­sure trove of arte­facts col­lected by the fa­ther of Bol­ly­wood cin­ema.ma In 1934 en­trepreneurial film­maker Hi­mansu Rai and his movie-star wife De­vika Rani co-founded the le­gendary Bom­bay Talkies film stu­dio. Re­leas­ing 40 films over 20 years the stu­dio was one of In­dia’s most in­no­va­tive. The ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases the Di­etze Fam­ily Trust archive, a Melbourne-based col­lec­tion of 3,000 cul­tural arte­facts once owned by Hi­mansu Rai. The archive is the most com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of 1920s and 1930s In­dian film stu­dio ephemera in the world. From 8 Fe­bru­ary, Gallery 2, ACMI, Fed­er­a­tion Square, Melbourne. 8663 2200. acmi.net.au

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