With Our King and Queen Through India

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With Our King and Queen Through India
Produced by Charles Urban
Distributed by Natural Colour Kinematograph
Release dates 2 February 1912
Running time 126 min. (surviving footage; original film may have been six hours long)
Country United Kingdom
Language Silent
English intertitles

With Our King and Queen Through India (1912) is a British documentary. The film is silent and made in the Kinemacolor additive color process.

The film records the 12 December 1911 celebrations in India relating to the coronation of George V, known as Delhi Durbar or The Durbar at Delhi. Surviving prints of the film are about two hours long,[citation needed] but the film may have originally been as long as six hours. One source states that one reel remains, showing a review of troops after the main ceremony.[1]

Production[edit]

The film showcased the use of Kinemacolor, which had been launched by Charles Urban in 1908 as the first successful colour motion picture process. When this movie was released, there were many black-and-white films of the Delhi Durbar, while this version was successful at the box office because it was in colour.

British filmmakers had previously filmed the Indian coronation ceremony of King Edward VII in 1903.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

It was shown in the Scala Theatre, London, with an accompaniment provided by a live orchestra. An article in the American periodical Munsey's Magazine praised the music, describing the band as "one of the best I have heard in London".[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twenty Famous Films: 1. With Our King and Queen Through India (1912)". charlesurban.com. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Aitken, Ian (2013). The Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film. Routledge. p. 400. ISBN 978-0-415-59642-8. 
  3. ^ "The Stage". Munsey's Magazine 48: 156–157. 1912-13.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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