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  (in credits order)
Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury ... Dancers (as Bhaskar)
Dinu ... Dancers
Anjali Devi ... Dancers

Saeed Jaffrey ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Charles F. Schwep 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles F. Schwep  uncredited

Produced by
Ismail Merchant .... executive producer
Charles F. Schwep .... producer
Cinematography by
Wheaton Galentine 
Film Editing by
Jan Wing Lum 
Art Department
James McIntyre .... set designer
Music Department
Arya Bal .... musician: tabla
Sirish Gor .... musician: sarod
G.S. Koshe .... musician: sitar
Frank Moore .... musical director
Angelo Ross .... music editor
Other crew
Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury .... choreographer (as Bhaskar Roy Chowdry)

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Women--you can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em., 18 August 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a highly unusual film because it takes the story of creation from the book of Genesis and blends it with Hindu creation stories. The narrator actually reads excerpts from Genesis at the beginning and you see Hindu-inspired art and representations of God (Brahma). Then, as the story progresses, you get a blend of the Hindu and Judeo-Christian version of the creation of woman. And, finally, you get a Hindu story about how man did not adore the new creation, woman, and tried to give her back--only to realize that he simply could not live without her!

If this was a lengthy movie, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it all that much. But, at about 14 minutes, it works quite well. The story is probably NOT one that will appeal to a wide audience, but I already love films from India and liked the insight into the culture and mind of India you get from this tale. Plus, it's amazing to see what they did with a budget of only $9000. Well worth seeing, though, oddly, it looked as if it was filmed using the very old Two-color Technicolor or Cinecolor was used (as orange and greens predominate in these older and more obsolete film stocks).

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