- Extract of the film
As you might know, India became a British colony in 1857. The histories of Gandhi and India are linked together since he fought for the independence of India. Therefore we decided to study the film Gandhi, produced by Richard Attenborough. He is a talented actor, director and producer who was born in 1923. Gandhi was his dream project, although two previous attempts at filming had failed. He achieved his goal producing it as it was finally premiered in 1982.
We chose to study how Indian decolonization is depicted in the film Gandhi.
Gandhi is a sort of biography of Mahatma Gandhi, from the lawyer to the famous leader of the independence of India against the British Empire through his philosophy of non-violent protest and civil disobedience. The film begins with Gandhi's murder in 1948, and his funeral. Then the story flashes back 55 years to a life-changing event in South Africa in 1893 which leads him to fight against discrimination in this country.
[...] III] Perspective How the Indians are depicted by Attenborough The film director usually represents the Indians as a large group, generally faceless. They often appear as a giant anonymous crowd and thus deprived of any individuality. They can only be identified by their mass actions and by the clothing they wear. Moreover, Indians are stereotypically depicted as simple constant reactionaries on one side (Hindu) or another (Muslim). Actually, it is a biography about Gandhi, thus the Indians are only the mass that follows the hero of the film. [...]
[...] Gandhi spends his last days trying to bring about peace between both nations, and he is finally assassinated by a fanatic Hindu. II] Extract of the film We are going to see the Amritsar Massacre which is a turning point in the film and which shows that the Indian decolonization was a violent process. Actually it is one of the most intense scenes of the film since the film director chose to show almost five minutes of Indian civilians being murdered by the cold General Dyer and his troops. [...]
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