Canceled: Badnam Basti (Alley of Ill Repute) (1971)
@ Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208
Opening Friday, March 13th, from 7PM - 9PM
This event has been Canceled.
Badnam Basti is considered one of the first Indian films to explore queer relationships. Based on a novel by Hindi writer Kamleshwar Prasad Saxena, it centers on a love triangle between two men and one woman on the margins of society. The film is noted for its adventurous editing, strong performances, neorealist style, and the music by Vijay Raghav Rao, one of postcolonial India’s most innovative composers. Although Badnam Basti was recut and rereleased in 1978, it has since faded into obscurity; until recently, the film was presumed lost. This screening may be the film’s US debut, in a new digital transfer from the only known 35mm print.
Courtesy of Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin. In Hindi with English subtitles.
Badnam Basti (Alley of Ill Repute)
(Prem Kapoor, 1971, India, digital, 100 min)
PART OF THE BLOCK CINEMA SERIES:
MORNING WILL COME: MODERNITY IN INDIAN CINEMA
India is home to the world’s most prolific and diverse film industries, and Bollywood movies, in particular, have found rapturous audiences from Russia to the Middle East. This series, presented as a complement to Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection, features seminal classics of Indian cinema that have rarely been projected in the United States. In addition to landmark films by Guru Dutt, Ritwik Ghatak, and Mrinal Sen, which consider postcolonial conflicts between tradition and modernity, the series will also feature a program dedicated to the Shabistan Film Archive.
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