Holidays break # 22: Holy Grail! Might be the greatest Rossellini work i've ever seen (or Viaggio italia?)! The grainy restoration is beautiful. The genres mixing give a very personal/subjective tone to this film. I hope Pedro Costa and Jean Rouch have seen this masterpiece of ethno-docu-fiction. Fever dreamer. http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/2007/08/when-fable-and-fact-interact/
i wasn´t convinced from the beginning but it grew in me slowly and silently, almost shy, unlike crowded bombay or wild jungle or capricious river. it has a special ability to turn all that loudness, power and strenght into a quiet meditation.
It mixes documentary, fable and essay in order to evoke a thousand years of cultural, religious and social history. At the end of the film you feel more in tune with yourself, as it is an invitation to find your own historical roots, to discover your own cultural legacy.
"I have tried to avoid making a documentary about the exotic, or about traveling. There is an immense difference between cinema-veritè and my documentaries. India Matri Bhumi was a choice. It's an attempt at being as honest as possible, but with a very precise discernment. Or, at least, if there isn't discernment, with a very precise love." - Roberto Rossellini on India: Matri Bhumi
Astounding. Rossellini's fascination with nature feels refreshing, particularly compared to the usual depiction of India as endlessly chaotic. I am very grateful for the amount of work that went in to restoring this beautiful film.
This movie has a very modern structure, that reminded me of Chris Marker's movies. It has some flaws (like all of Rossellini's films), but I loved it, almost as much as I love its director, who, in my opinion, is one of the greatest ever.