Price: $350.00

    Code: 2472

    Directed by Shivendra Dungapur
    2012, 164 minutes
    Purchase: $350 | Classroom rental: $125

    An enthralling journey through the history of Indian cinema, Celluloid Man is a portrait of P.K Nair, the legendary founder-director of the National Film Archive of India. Featuring extensive interviews and generous clips from beautifully-restored early Indian films, both silent and "talkies", this is a gorgeous cinematic tribute to ‘India's Henry Langlois' and to the importance of preservation.

    P.K. Nair worked for three decades as the director of the National Film Archives of India in Pune. He is credited for introducing world cinema to many aspiring Indian filmmakers as well as to audiences around the country. He has traveled to remote parts of India to collect and save rare films. And he has compiled an unprecedented collection of 4,000 foreign films by major filmmakers - Bergman, Kurosawa, Fellini, DeSica, etc. - and over 8,000 domestic films, including nine Indian silent films, the only ones that have survived out of an estimated 1,700 produced.

    Celluloid Man is a one-of-a-kind celebration of Indian cinema; a must for scholars and fans.

    Subjects & Collections

    Festivals & Awards

    * Winner, National Film Awards of India, Best Biographical Film
    * Official Selection, Cinema Reflected, New York Film Festival
    * Official Selection, Signal: Regained, Rotterdam Film Festival
    * Official Selection, Backlot, Telluride Film Festival
    * Official Selection, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
    * Official Selection, Seattle Southeast Film Festival


    "A rich portrait of a man and a loving history of film and filmgoing in India." - Time Out London

    "This eye-opening doc is catnip for world-cinema buffs . An effective reminder that cinephilia needs more heroes than Henri Langlois.” – Hollywood Reporter

    “Brilliant...A fitting tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema.” – Bollywood Life

    "One of the best movies ever made about cinema" - Mark Cousins

    " Recommended viewing . Compulsively watchable and consistently entertaining Celluloid Man kept me enraptured throughout, not least for its evocations of cinema as a whole and not merely Indian cinema." - Jonathan Rosenbaum

    " Recommended ... for film scholars with an in-depth interest in Indian cinema. — Library Journal"