Indian silent classic issued by the BFI – SHIRAZ: A ROMANCE OF INDIA – Dual Format Dvd/Blu Ray £19.99

Indian silent classic imagines the sweeping love story of the 17thcentury princess Mumtaz Mahal and the subsequent construction of the Taj Mahal in her honour.

The film’s producer, HimansuRai, also stars as humble potter Shiraz, who follows his childhood sweetheart Selimawhen she is sold by slave traders to the future emperor Selima catches the eye of the prince but finds a bitter rival in an ambitious favourite from his harem. Shiraz, meanwhile, is fated to design the queen’s iconic mausoleum.

Shot entirely in India, featuring lavish costumes and gorgeous settings –including the extraordinary fort at Agra –this treasure is available on Blu-ray for the first time with a new 4k restoration by the BFI National Archive and a stunning new score from world-renowned sitar player and composer AnoushkaShankar.

Special features

•Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition

•Restoration Demonstration (2017, 2 mins)

•Temples of India (1938, Hans M Nieter, 10 mins): Indian travelogue featuring beautiful colour footage of the Taj Mahal shot by Jack Cardiff

•Musical Instrument of India (1944, 12 mins): public information film made by the Government of India to promote Indian arts and culture

•Illustrated booklet with essays by Bryony Dixon,

•Production:Germany, India, UK | 1928 | back & white | 105 minutes | silent with English intertitles | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit) region Free | DVD9: PAL, 25fps, PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/16-bit), region 0

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