26 Sep 2023 14 Jan 2024

Bollywood Superstars

A short story of indian cinema

Spotlight on the 7th art! The exhibition traces a century of Indian cinema, from its mythological and artistic roots to the cult status of its actors and actresses, the new gods of the screen.

With over 2,000 films a year, the Indian film industry is the largest in the world. From the first silent films of the 1920s, inspired by Hindu stories, to modern-day blockbusters driven by their superstars, Indian films generate an unparalleled popular fervour.

To retrace this century of history, the exhibition combines artworks, historical objects and large-screen projections in an immersive scenography. The exhibition begins with a reminder of the relationship between early cinema and the popular performing arts. In the style of shadow plays, magic lanterns and wandering storytellers, the first films were screened in travelling theatres and retold ancient mythological tales.

Against a backdrop of nation-building and Indian independence, the gods and the great monarchs inspired the first blockbusters capable of amassing a vast audience across the subcontinent's regional and linguistic divides.

The exhibition ends with the actors and the phenomenon of the Indian "star system". Actors and actresses are icons who perpetuate the magic of early cinema.

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    Julien Rousseau, Heritage Curator and Head of the Asian Heritage Unit at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Paris

    Hélène Kessous, Doctor in Social Anthropology and Ethnology, Scientific Assistant at the Departmental Museum of Asian Arts, Nice


    Atelier Maciej Fiszer

  • Place:   Galerie Jardin
  • TimeSlots:  
    From Tuesday 26 September 2023 at Sunday 14 January 2024
  • Closed on monday
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:  10:30 am-07:00 pm
    Thursday:  10:30 am-10:00 pm
  • Accessibility:
    • Handicap visuel
    • LSF
    • Handicap auditif (sans T)
    • Handicap mental
    • Handicap moteur
  • Public:   All publics
  • Categorie : Exhibitions
  • Keywords:   Inde
  • Museum ticket entrance
    Full price:  14,00 €
    Reduce rate:  11,00 €

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