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The Creation of Woman (1961)


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Cast overview:
Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury ... Dancers (as Bhaskar)
Dinu Dinu ... Dancers
Anjali Devi ... Dancers
Saeed Jaffrey ... Narrator (voice)


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Official Sites:

Merchant Ivory Productions


India | USA



Release Date:

May 1961 (France) See more »


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$9,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


One of eight productions that Indian actor Saeed Jaffrey made with Merchant Ivory Productions. The films include The Guru (1969), The Delhi Way (1964), Heat and Dust (1983), The Deceivers (1988), The Sword and the Flute (1959), The Courtesans of Bombay (1983), The Creation of Woman (1961), and Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978). See more »

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Women--you can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em.
18 August 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

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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