Baaz/The Hawk


Dir. Guru Dutt (1953).
Dutt’s intriguing early feature is this irresistible feminist swashbuckler set in 16th century India. The director stars as a Malabar prince, but the film is dominated by voluptuous Geeta Bali as a pirate queen who leads a revolt against tyrannical Portuguese colonialists. No damsel in distress—it’s she who rescues her princely lover. She even beats men at hand wrestling!

Thu., Oct. 8, 6 p.m., 2009