One of my favorite documentaries of all time. Malle really approached India with a sense of curiosity and respect that makes for an addictive experience. He pretty much just examined their way of life and then offered commentary, trying not to disturb their daily routine and it works so well. Unforgettable.
What is sticking with me is the faces. I don’t think I’ll forget the dancer in the school, or the woman working in the field, as many as there were. Malle manages to bring his outsider perspective without too much of it’s inherent opinions and privileges. This lets us experience India from that perspective too. It is six plus hours of transfixion.
Possibly the most grandiose and fascinating documentary ever made. The study of the population of India; its habits, its way of live, here doesn't need to be analysed. The action and the looks of the people filmed in that movie are enough to change your conception of the world, but Malle's insights bring things even further, offering a poignant reflection of a foreigner fascinated by the unknown he's seeing.
What an unforgettable film! If it's testimony to its grandeur: I am traveling to India (seven thousand something miles away), almost solely because of and after seeing this film, which at six hours, and three minutes, is worth its every second. The colors, the culture, the music, the people!