Jag Mandir (film)

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Jag Mandir
Jagmandir.jpg
Directed by Werner Herzog
Produced by Werner Herzog
Written by Werner Herzog
Starring André Heller
Arvind Singh Mewar
Narrated by Werner Herzog
Cinematography Rainer Klausmann
Wolfgang Dickmann
Anton Peschke
Edited by Michou Hutter
Release dates
1991
Running time
85 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Jag Mandir, sometimes known by its subtitle, The Eccentric Private Theatre of the Maharaja of Udaipur (German: Das excentrische Privattheater des Maharadscha von Udaipur), is a 1991 documentary film directed for television by Werner Herzog. The bulk of the film consists of footage of an elaborate theatrical performance for the Maharana Arvind Singh Mewar at the City Palace of Udaipur, Rajasthan staged by André Heller.

Production[edit]

The film was made at Heller's request.[1] Heller explains in the film that he sent several colleagues throughout India to find performers for the show, including dancers, musicians, contortionists, and magicians. About 10,000 performers were located, and of these about 2,000 were chosen to appear in the show, which lasted several hours on a single day. Herzog's footage was filmed at the actual show, with some segments filmed in the rehearsals in the previous days.[1]

Herzog's narration explains that the event was requested of the Maharana by a local wise man who saw the sinking of the city's palaces into the river as a sign that the local culture was deteriorating, and that the Maharana needed to stage the performance to reinvigorate interest in the various cultures represented. This story was invented by Herzog for the film, to "put it all into some context."[1] The city's palaces are not actually sinking into the river.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Herzog, Werner (2001). Herzog on Herzog. Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-20708-1. 

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