Cinema (2018 | Issue 4)

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Did You Know?

1. Prem Sanyas (The Light of Asia,1925) was the first Indo-German collaboration in cinema.
(Cinestaan)

2. The earliest surviving film was shot in 1888 by the French inventor Louis Le Prince. He filmed his father-in-law’s garden at 10–12 frames per second.
(Guinness World Records)

3. The Universum Film Aktiengesellschaft (Ufa) in Babelsberg, Germany, had a significant impact on film history dating back to 1917. It also had one of the best-equipped studios in Europe.
(The Indian Quarterly)

4. Set up by Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani in 1934, Bombay Talkies was the first corporatised film studio in the city.
(Live History India)

5. There are more than 90 film festivals in Germany!
(InterNations)

6. In 1933, film-maker V Shantaram printed India’s first colour film, Sairandhri, in Germany.
(The Hindu)

7. The German composer Hans Zimmer has written the scores to more than 150 box-office hits, including The Lion King, the Dark Knight trilogy and 12 Years a Slave.
(Independent)

8. Franz Osten had a very fruitful collaboration with Bombay Talkies. Between 1935 and 1939, he directed 16 feature films without knowing a word of Hindi!
(The Indian Quarterly)

9. Germany’s visual effects industry is worth an estimated €25 million annually. It has major Hollywood blockbusters to its credit, including Game of Thrones, Scorsese’s Hugo and the Avengers series.
(Handelsblatt Global)

10. India is the largest producer of feature films in the world. More than 1,724 movies were made in 2013!
(United Institute for Statistics)