Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema

  • By · January 6th, 2012

MOMA January 6–16, 2012

“Kapoor’s singular and gargantuan talent subsumes a variety of influences and affinities—[Charles] Chaplin, Frank Capra, Orson Welles—with even a touch of Russ Meyer apparent in the later work. At times, his oeuvre recalls the work of a 19th-century European literary giant whose sympathy for the underdog, protean activity, inexhaustible energy and penchant for excess earned him fame and a national reputation as early in life as Kapoor. Yes, Raj Kapoor is—to a degree—the Victor Hugo of Indian cinema.”  -Elliot Stein writes in Raj Kapoor: The Showman Auteur of Indian Cinema

MOMA series curated by Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and organized by TIFF, IIFA, and RK Films, with the support of the Government of Ontario. Organized for MoMA by Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.


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