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For decades, this little gem's circulation remained almost exclusively limited 
to the institution it was conceived, set and filmed in: the School of Planning 
and Architecture in Delhi, which Arundhati Roy - who wrote the screenplay, is 
credited with production design, and appears prominently in the role of Radha - 
attended in the 1980s, and where in the 1990s a tradition was established to 
welcome first semester students with viewings of a second-generation VHS copy 
of the film (taped from national television, where it ran exactly once) - not 
only in order to increase their appreciation for the utopian dimensions of both 
urban planning and architecture, but also to share, promote, or at least 
commemorate, a no less utopian vision of student life in India. As you're going 
to see, the worn-out colors of our own copy match the overall vibe of the film 
rather well: Set in 1974 and accompanied by quite a bit of unlicensed Western 
music from the period, it's a downtempo yet funky, firmly softcore feminist 
and, by Indian standards, surprisingly funny affair - not the long-lost Indian 
architecture school pinku, but maybe something even better, for which, in the 
history of Asian cinema, no distinct genre label has ever been established. The 
claim that the film had acquired "cult status", occasionally repeated on rather 
obscure cinema blogs, is mostly unfounded, but it is true that, 30 years after 
its original release, "In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones" is halfway famous 
for the appearance of a young Shah Rukh Khan, and a young Shuddhabrata Sengupta.

1988 turned out to be not the worst year in Indian cinema, so that's where we're
going to continue next week. And as always: you're welcome to bring blank media!


                                                                       August 19
                                                                       from 9 pm

                                              In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones
                                                  Pradip Krishen & Arundhati Roy
                                                                   1988, 108 min


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