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What movie buff doesn’t like Alfred Hitchcock movies, they were always spellbinding and you never knew what to expect, one thing you did know is they would be a great movie. I am Proud to showcase Hitchcock’s , SHIRAZ: A ROMANCE OF INDIA. It is one of my favorites and you will love it also.


Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this 1928 epic silent film is the ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal. A sweeping historical romance set in the Mughal Empire, Franz Osten’s SHIRAZ, a precursor to Fritz Lang’s “Indian Epic” (see August 14 premiere), was shot entirely on location in India with an all-Indian cast and features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings — all the more impressive in a 4K restoration by the BFI National Archive which features a specially commissioned score by the Grammy Award-winning Anoushka Shankar.


Selima (Enakshi Rama Rau) is a princess-foundling raised by a potter and loved by her brother, Shiraz (Indian film legend Himansu Rai). She is abducted and sold as a slave to Prince Khurram, later Emperor Shah Jehan (Charu Roy), who falls for her, to the chagrin of the wily Dalia (Seeta Devi). When Selima is caught with Shiraz, the young man is condemned to be trampled to death by an elephant. A pendant reveals Selima’s royal status and she saves her brother, marries the prince and becomes Empress Mumtaz Mahal, while Dalia is banned for her machinations against Selima. When Selima dies, the emperor builds her a monument to the design of the now old and blind Shiraz, the Taj Mahal.


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An astonishing silent cinema treasure, SHIRAZ is one of three motion picture collaborations between pioneering star/producer Himansu Rai and German-born director Franz Osten, which were all filmed in India. Based on the epic romance between 17th century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan (Charu Roy) and his queen (Enakshi Rama Rau), this 1928 production recounts the true tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures, the Taj Mahal. Shot entirely on location with an all-Indian cast, lavish costumes and gorgeous settings, SHIRAZ has been impressively restored by the BFI National Archive and features a new score by Grammy Award-winner Anoushka Shankar.


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