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Land of the Taj Mahal (1952)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 22 March 1952 (USA)
A brief but colorful travelogue of India's biggest cities following the partition of the country in 1947 at the end of the British Raj.
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This Traveltalks visit to India spends the first half in the port city of Bombay, where we see the famous "hanging gardens." We then watch a horse race at Bombay's race track. The spectators seem more interested in their outfits than in the horses. Then it's off to Delhi, with its many temples, and New Delhi, where the British influence is still seen in the dress and demeanor of the Indian military troops. The last two minutes are spent in Agra, site of the beautiful Taj Mahal shrine. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Included in Warner Home Video's 2007 "Literary Classics Double Feature" DVD containing The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) and The Prisoner of Zenda (1952). See more »

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Narrator: It is this motley conglomeration of types from all over the world that makes a visit to a Bombay racing meet a never-to-be-forgotten experience.
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TravelTalks
30 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

Land of the Taj Mahal (1952)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another good entry in MGM's TravelTalks series has James A. Fitzpatrick going to India where we learn that the place was under British hands until 1947 when it broke into India and Pakistan. We learns about the importance of the sea port and how customs are currently changing but the people there still remember their past. We start off in Bombay where we see their famous gardens where they show off the farms and animals and especially the beloved elephant. We also see the Bombay racetrack, which we're told gathers up every kind of race and creed. We then stop in Delhi where we see some religious temples as well as how the city operates including a look at movie advertising. Seeing how the theater owners advertise their new movies was pretty funny to see. Fans of the MGM series will certainly want to check this one out as we're told some nice information but of course the visuals are once again the real selling point. The Technicolor really brings the city and the clothing to life and makes this worth watching if you have eight-minutes to kill.


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