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CELLULOID MAN Imagine trying to preserve and protect the legacy of a national cinema that routinely turns out almost 1000 films a year. That became the mission of P.K. Nair, the founder and patron saint of the National Film Archive of India. Thanks to Mr. Nair’s efforts, precious Indian silent films have been discovered and preserved, as well as classics from all other periods. But Nair’s work didn’t stop there: the Archive also became a showcase for great films from all over the world. Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s heartfelt tribute to P.K. Nair includes interviews with many leading figures of Indian cinema, who all attest to Nair’s importance for their artistic development. Beautifully preserved sequences from many of the classic films preserved by the Archive make Celluloid Man a celebration of Indian cinema as well as of the man who did so much to safeguard it for future generations.

CELLULOID MAN Imagine trying to preserve and protect the legacy of a national cinema that routinely turns out almost 1000 films a year. That became the mission of P.K. Nair, the founder and patron saint of the National Film Archive of India. Thanks to Mr. Nair’s efforts, precious Indian silent films have been discovered and preserved, as well as classics from all other periods. But Nair’s work didn’t stop there: the Archive also became a showcase for great films from all over the world. Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s heartfelt tribute to P.K. Nair includes interviews with many leading figures of Indian cinema, who all attest to Nair’s importance for their artistic development. Beautifully preserved sequences from many of the classic films preserved by the Archive make Celluloid Man a celebration of Indian cinema as well as of the man who did so much to safeguard it for future generations.

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