The Cinema Travellers

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Showmen riding cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India once every year. Seven decades on, as their cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their patrons are lured by slick digital technology. A benevolent showman, a shrewd exhibitor and a maverick projector mechanic bear a beautiful burden - to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running.


Critic Reviews for The Cinema Travellers

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

  • Shot over five years, their observational, gently woven elegy to the last gasp of celluloid feels somewhat overstretched at feature length, yet it contains some of the most magical images you'll see this year.

    Jan 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a charming movie, although I wondered if it wasn't a bit fetishistic about the kit, and incurious about the films and audiences.

    Jan 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A subtle sense of mortality enters in the final third, when several of the men decide to replace one of their 35-millimeter machines with a digital one and another projectionist discusses his retirement, but on the whole this is lively and life-affirming.

    Mar 31, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Colorful, corny, unstructured and occasionally magical.

    May 17, 2016 | Full Review…
  • An evocative, subtle and heartfelt snapshot, it also refrains from sentimentality. For all the fondness for the old, there's equal thrill of the new.

    May 16, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

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  • Three Indian men involved with their country's traveling-movie industry face an uncertain digital future in this mournful, moving doc.

    May 15, 2016 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Top Critic

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