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The Cloud Door is a 1994 short Indo-German drama film, directed by acclaimed Indian director Mani Kaul and that includes Hindu erotic literary themes. The movie was produced by the German producer Regina Ziegler. The Cloud Door was featured together with different brief movies similar to Susan Seidelman’s The Dutch Master and Ken Russell’s The Insatiable Mrs. Kirsch, as part of Ziegler Films’ compilation of brief erotic films known as Erotic Tales.

Mani Kaul drew upon three literary sources for it: the Sanskrit play Avimaraka, written by Bhāsa round Fifth-Seventh century; the Sufi epic love poem Padmavat, written by Mohammed Jayasi within the thirteenth century; and the erotic Indian tales Śukasaptati

An Indian king overhears a parrot telling erotic tales to his daughter. Enraged, he needs to kill the parrot. The princess intervenes and saves the parrot’s life by explaining to her father that the chook doesn’t know what it’s saying. In gratitude, the chook flies to the princess’s lover and leads him via a labyrinth to the princess’s personal chambers. The princess and the lover spend the night time making love.anu agarwal in the cloud door

In January 1995, The Cloud Door was screened as soon as for the general public on the International Film Festival of India in Mumbai as a part of the Erotic Tales program. Kaul, identified for his aesthetic work, had by no means beforehand made an Indian erotic movie, regardless of the nation’s wealthy historical past of erotic people artwork and literature. The single-screening of the movie precipitated an uproar resulting from its erotic nature and on-screen nudity and resulted within the police being known as in to the cloud door full movieforestall rioting. An further screening, completely for the press, was held later at a the cloud door (1994)unique venue. The movie was additionally screened on the Munich Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, New York Film Festival and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.

Variety reviewer Todd McCarty stated the movie “features pictorial beauty, slow-building sensuality and surprising humor that combine to rich effect”. The reviewer for the New York Times stated that the movie, when seen with subtitles and disadvantaged of its cultural context of Muslim and Hindu literature, “becomes a succession of brightly colored images that almost tell a story: a beautiful woman, perhaps a courtesan; a green, long-tailed parrot who repeats the erotic phrases he’s picked up in her room; potential lovers; a fish that laughs”. Another overview noticed that The Cloud Door has loads of humorous and sensual imagery and flows like a people story. Beautiful nothingness maybe, however nonetheless nothingness. Certainly, the actors here are very attractive, the costumes and units are attractive, however, the story has only a few memorable moments to make this movie memorable.


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