Appunti per un film sull'India

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Appunti per un film sull'India
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Produced by Gianni Barcelloni
Written by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Sergio Citti
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Roberto Nappa
Federico Zanni
Edited by Jenner Menghi
Release dates
  • 18 August 1968 (1968-08-18) (Venice Film Festival)
Country Italy
Language Italian

Appunti per un film sull'India is a 1968 short documentary film by Pier Paolo Pasolini where he visits India in the search of a king who could give up his body to feed a starving tiger.[1][2]

The film was shot around post-independent India when it was facing grave challenges of poverty, population and caste system. Pasolini narrates the challenges of India and its charms amidst all the problems the country faces. The 33 minute long documentary is composed of short interviews from random people about their opinions on matters such as family planning. The documentary also shows short interviews of journalists and one politician about the challenges of India to modernize without becoming westernized or losing the Indian identity.

The documentary was shot in many places including New Delhi, Jaipur, Rishikesh and Varanasi etc.


  1. ^ Maurizio Sanzio Viano (1993). A certain realism: making use of Pasolini's film theory and practice (illustrated ed.). University of California Press. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-520-07855-0. 
  2. ^ Piero Spila (1999). Pier Paolo Pasolini. Gremese Editore. p. 77. ISBN 978-88-7742-195-1. 

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