• The Ismail Merchant Collection auction at Christies

    Sale 5980

    The Ismail Merchant Collection

    7 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 184

    Indian Cinema

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    Indian Cinema
    A collection of Indian film posters comprising six Raj Kapoor productions: Awaara, 1951 (2); Aah, 1953 (3); Boot Polish, 1954 (2); Shree 420, 1955 (2); Ab Dilli Dur Nahin, 1957 (2); and Sangam, 1964 (1), majority -- 30x20 in. (76x51 cm.), and three Satyajit Ray productions: The Big City, 1963; The Lonely Wife, 1964; and another, framed and glazed, various sizes, largest -- 41½x31 in. (105x79.5 cm.) (15)


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    Satyajit Ray has been cited by James Ivory as being 'the outstanding influence on James Ivory and Ismail Merchant's early (and late) work'. Ray is widely regarded as being the greatest Indian film director of the twentieth century and a world figure of cinema.

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