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The Cinema Travellers (2016)

Showmen riding cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India once every year. Seven decades on, as their cinema projectors crumble and film reels become ... See full summary »
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Showmen riding cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India once every year. Seven decades on, as their cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their patrons are lured by slick digital technology. A benevolent showman, a shrewd exhibitor and a maverick projector mechanic bear a beautiful burden - to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running.

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A sincere and bittersweet love letter to the seventh art!
22 December 2020 | by Lynchian696See all my reviews

As a cinephile I have been a tremendous lover of the medium with very few titles to dislike and many that I can claim to. But there are few movies that you can appreciate if you yourself know this love and appreciation for cinema and thus share experiences and emotions with it. This moving documentary belong to the list and it celebrates the travelling cinemas in all its facets. It gives us a glimpse of the medium in a remote area fashioned in rustic style with a vibrant mix of circus and lights. For a premise set in the remote areas, the documentary opts for splashes of nostalgia in every frame and doesn't need a practised eye to discern it. Set of a wheel, a rusted reel, fold of small equipment tucked in between almirah like boxes. The creators show an extraordinary feeling in the way it breathes life into the village and gives it its own character. The way in which, due to technological developments travelling cinemas are disappearing to make way for large inhuman institutions is one of the highlighted points in the documentary.

Final thoughts, I can go on and on but will not be able to capture all its beauty in writing. In the end of this film, you are uplifted and also feel a bittersweet joy. "Cinema Trvaellers" tells many stories, but all of them are part of a big one: that of the medium and attaches itself to the love of cinema.


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India

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Hindi | Marathi

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12 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Calatorii cinema-ului See more »

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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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