Louis Malle’s documentaries - made available in HD for the first time in the UK by Curzon - are a fascinating companion to his more famous feature work. From drinking wine on the Tour de France to capturing life on the Indian sub-continent, Louis Malle’s documentaries are a memorable record of worlds gone by. Malle started his career as a documentary filmmaker, winning an Oscar with Jacques Cousteau for their film ‘The Silent World’. Soon after, Malle made his feature debut with the riveting thriller ‘Lift to the Scaffold’. But he never abandoned non-fiction filmmaking, returning every now and again to tackle subjects that interested him. The centrepiece of which is the epic ‘Phantom India’ and its companion, ‘Calcutta’. Like Michelangelo Antonioni’s equally epic 1973 portrait of China, Malle’s films are a stunning document, full of rich and memorable moments.

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