This is one of the earliest films to be shot in India; it was filmed in 1899 in the holy city of Varanasi from the perspective of a boat travelling along Ganges River. This film is included on the BFI DVD of Jean Renoir's 'The River'.
During his stay in England in 1931, when the Columbia Gramophone Company requested him to make a record for them, Gandhi pleaded his inability to speak politics, and added that, at the age of sixtytwo, he could make his first and last record which should, if wanted, make his voice heard for all time. Confessing his anxiety to speak on the spiritual matters, on October 20, 1931 he read out his old article "On God".
Universal Newsreel announcing Pakistan's independence to US audiences on August 14, 1947. Scenes of Karachi, the Sindh Asembly Building, Elphinstone Street, Liaquat Ali Khan, J. Mandal and Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Pakistan's founder. Uncut.
The newsreel announcing India's independence to US audiences on August 15, 1947 (the first part deals with Pakistan's Independence the previous day). Shows Nehru delivering his famous "Tryst with Destiny" speech to the Assembly in Delhi with Lord and Lady Mountbatten in attendance. Uncut.
This film is part of 'Before Midnight' - a touring programme of 27 films shot in India prior to Independence. Shot by the legendary Jack Cardiff, this is one of a number of short films that he made in India in the late 1930s. This film presents the city of Delhi - and the period - as rarely seen before.