Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project: Touki Bouki / Journey of the Hyena (1973), Redes / The Wave (1936), Titash Ekti Nadir Naam / A River Called Titas (1973), Susuz yaz / Dry Summer (1963), Trances / Transes (1981), Hanyo / The Housemaid (1960) 6 x DVD Criterion Collectionon October 12th, 2015 at 21:42
Film study literature has done its best to praise and promote filmmaking from around the world, produced and directed by local talent. Undeveloped countries in the 20th century had a spotty filmmaking tradition, mostly due to the domination of commercial films from America, Europe and more cosmopolitan regional neighbors. Yet distinctive and vibrant films were made in South America, Asia and Africa, sometimes supported by governments.
Martin Scorsese started The Film Foundation in 1991, connecting with studios to promote the preservation of neglected American cinema. In 2007 he helped initiate a program called The World Cinema Project, which in six years has restored nineteen feature films from around the world.
This first set of six films that were hand picked by Scorsese were made all over the planet and came out between the 1936 and 1981, which is a fifty year span of movies that you never knew existed. Among them are 'Touki Bouki' by Djibril Diop Mambety, which was made in Senegal in 1973; 'Redes' by Fred Zinnemann and Emilio Gomez Muriel, which was made in Mexico in 1936; 'A River Called Titas' by Ritwik Ghatak from India/Bangladesh in 1973; 'Dry Summer' by Metin Erksan from Turkey in 1964; 'Trances' by Ahmed El Maanouni from Morocco in 1981; and 'The Housemaid' by Kim Ki-Young, which was made in South Korea in 1960. All of these films are excellent, and you can see how each film influenced the legendary Scorsese.