Sunday, 12 June 2011

Silent Movie about the Buddha - Light of Asia (1925)


This must surely be one of the earliest fims depicting the Life of the Buddha made in 1925 The Light of Asia (Prem Sanyas) has a cast of thousands which was made possible by the support of the extremely powerful Maharajah of Jaipur.

The German-Indian production Prem Sanyas or Die Leuchte Asiens (1925, Franz Osten and Himansu Rai) is a compelling hybrid between exoticism and historical biography. It made stars of the two young leads, Seeta Devi and Himansu Rai. Rai was one of the founders of the Indian cinema.

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