Indian cinema has long had a trusty following in far flung corners of the world…and it isn’t just the diaspora pining for a slice of the homemade masala mix. Indian movie fans are everywhere – “Awara” former soviets have an abiding love for Raj Kapoor, Amitabh fans belt out songs atop mountains of Afghanistan, young British girls imitate Shahrukh’s dance moves and while Peruvian fans are fida on Fanaa, Chinese damsels hide their mouths as they giggle over Aamir Khan
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…a tumultuous road to the Oscars. As the world anticipates the upcoming Oscar celebration of 2016 at the end of February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, we who were born in India can totally relate to the controversy looming over this ceremony. Every time an Indian film was nominated for the Oscars it has been riled with a struggle to even get into the final rounds. This 88th awards ceremony has become the target of a potential boycott
On his death anniversary today. During a career of fifty years and more, George Cukor directed outstanding movies – a resplendent record, enough to earn him a permanent seat in the hall of fame of world cinema. As Gavin Lambert puts it, “There are artists whose work is basically a release from personal tension and there are others for whom their work is an extension rather than a tension, a mode of pleasure and a way of expressing curiosity about the world; Cukor is of the second kind!”
On his birthday today. Federico Fellini was in the limelight of the world of lens and lights ever since he burst on the international film arena in the early years of the fantastic Fifties. He displayed a rare combination of technical brilliance, high sense of visual imagery, a feeling for places and people, an ability to peer and peek behind the facial masks the men and women of the pill-swallowing and Punch-and-Judy show world of our times wear.
Remembering Chetan Anand on his birthday (03 Jan). The Anands became a symbol of refinement; through their films and their conduct. Genetic intelligence, deeply rooted in spirituality, evidences a fundamental commonality in all the Anand brothers; a strong sense of self. And each Anand’s, (Dev and Vijay) sapling career began under the giant shadow of the more established brother Chetan Anand,
Screenwriter and film director Sam Peckinpah (died 28 Dec, 1984) has indeed been called many names: ‘The Nihilistic Poet’, ‘The Genius’, ‘The Unkindly Whore’, ‘The Bedevilled bastard’ and many more, some of which originating from studio front offices are unprintable even in this permissive age. Peckinpah proved himself to be a hot director to handle.
Fritz Lang was different, not because he was half-German and was born of a Jewish mother, but because his sense of aesthetics evolved an expressionistic style that retained the contemporary appeal, yet was individual in construction.
In MR. TURNER, British auteur Mike Leigh follows the latter half of the life and career of iconoclastic landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. Played by Timothy Spall in a Cannes Best Actor-winning performance, Turner is at once charming and a repulsive brute of a man, using unusual methods to craft stunning masterpieces while employing considerably less elegance in his personal relationships.
Over the course of the last 20 years, Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée has helmed over a dozen acclaimed films – both features and shorts. Last year, he directed two actors (Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto) to Academy Award-winning performances in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. His newest film is WILD which is based on the powerful true story of Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) and her life-changing solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Frank Capra’s films are drenched with a rare sense of humor, a shrewd use of topical events and a deep sense of respect and gratitude for American sense of values. “I like to break the rules. To my mind plot is unimportant, I am interested most in characterizations,”