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India Speaks - Pt 3
Description: India Speaks is a 1933 Pre-Code adventure film, combining elements of documentaries and travelogue programs, mostly taking place on the Indian sub-continent along with staged bits spliced in to aid story flow. Produced by Walter Futter from a screenplay by Norman Houston, the film was directed, narrated and starring Richard Halliburton. A sequel to the popular film Africa Speaks!.
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Clip #: TFA-351C
Length: 21:35
Year: 1933
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1930s
Filmmaker: Walter Futter
Region: South Asia
Country: India
Subject: Religion
Original: 35mm
1930s, India, criminals known as “crows,” women displaying gold rings and bracelets, hunting party including Richard Halliburton, criminal “crows”, and mahout elephant riders setting off on elephants to hunt lions, elephant caravan, elephants clearing path by breaking down trees and pushing away underbrush, lion and tiger fighting, Tibet, yaks, yak train, yak being held by rope through his nose, falconry, Tibetan man with falcon on his arm demonstrating falcon’s ability by removing his hood and aiming to catch bird, falcon catching bird, yak caravan traveling up mountain amidst blizzard and reaching serene plain, bandits riding galloping horses capturing Halliburton and caravan, village of yurts, Tibetan men drinking from bowls and smoking cigarettes, Buddhist Lama freeing Halliburton from capture, caravan continuing on with pack horses and passing through mountain tunnel into forbidden valley, Himalayas, Tibetan Buddhist monastery on mountainside, lamasary of Rangolom, Bride of Buddha, caravan arriving at summit and supplies being unloaded from pack animals, Tibetan monks, Halliburton spying woman outside tower, festival of conception, Tibetan monks blowing ceremonial horns and dressed up in costumes and grotesque masks, effigy of dead god, pilgrims arriving from many directions in various conveyances laden with presents, ceremony beginning for festival of conception, monk playing gong and cymbal in unison while reading from holy manuscripts, monks turning prayer wheels and clicking prayer beads, wind and water wheels kept in constant motion, monks playing cymbals and drums, monks and pilgrims praying and confession their sins, dancers wearing skeleton costumes and masks, Halliburton watching festivities from afar, Lama arguing with monks and being led to chanting hall, monk banging large gong with mallet, young woman being carried in palanquin to Lama at altar where she is to be offered as sacrifice, mountain suddenly erupting and destroying monastery, caravan traveling along glacier with horses and mules struggling to cross crevices and up mountain, horse slipping and falling down mountain to its death, caravan including Lama and Halliburton riding horseback across snow-covered plain as Lama tells him that woman is safe, Gobi Desert

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