Real Talkies

Real Talkies

Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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August 27, 2010 , , , , , ,

Salim Baba is the directorial debut of Tim Sternberg who most recent film “WAR DON DON” is on the festival circuit. It is a portrait of a traveling bioscope projectionist Mohammed Ali Salim, a true living link between the birth of cinema at the dawn of hte 20th century and the digital age of today.

It is a sweet tale of a pride, pleasure and family heritage. Baba passes what he learned from his father to his children. What they enjoy most is to entertain people!

In the movie Salim Baba says, ” Some neighborhoods prefer songs, other like really good trailers and we play whatever is popular in that neighborhood. The innovative and ingenious Salim describes how he improvised to produce sound and created his lens. His movies are made from the rejected scrap film reels.

Upon acquiring the reels from the local theaters,  Salim Baba edits the scraps and makes a 3 minute bollywood short film with some songs, dialogues, fights. A potent mix and a perfect bollywood film! The public is happy, they feel like they saw it all :).

Making a short film that feels complete is an art. Sternberg’s film captures Salim baba’s Cinema Paradiso and the nostalgia of the tactile film medium.


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