Sunday, April 16, 2006

DAYASAGAR - dir. Vijayachandar 1979

What's Easter without a religious epic after you've gorged yourself on chocolate eggs - so how could you go wrong with a vibrant, day-glo Bollywood version of the Passion Play? I heard about this version of the Jesus story on a fairly run-of-the-mill Channel 4 documentary "The Passion : Films, Faith & Fury" screened last night (and repeated on Friday 20th April at 1:40am). A quick search on google reveals the entire film is available to view online at the following site, if you have two hours to spare :

From what little I've seen, it's a pretty interesting production, with some great musical numbers and wild special effects.

If you need convincing about the propaganda value of film, supposedly seven million people in India have converted to Christianity after viewing Dayasagar (Ocean of Mercy) - the producers having screened the movie on bed sheets in remote villages all over the country!


Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Poptique...You've my easter!!!...I NEED to see this film...In Argentina, when I was a kid in the fifties, in my local fleapit they used to show "The Passion" by Ferdinand Zecca...Read on:
"At the end of 1906, Zecca, assisted by the Spaniard Segundo de Chomón's photography and special effects, started filming in colour a second Vie et Passion de N.S. Jésus Christ, in four parts and 38 scenes, 990 metres long, which he finished in 1907."
Well...We used to call this film "La pasion en colores" and that phrase was also an euphemism for a tragedy, something boring or a mess. I saw old Spanish women watching this film on their knees!!! Life is sweet.

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