Category Archives: Directors

John Huston – No winners in life.

When your directorial debut is hailed as one of the best detective picture ever made, it is only inevitable to falter with your next. But then John Huston (born: 05 Aug 1906), actor, screenwriter and film director carved for himself a separate ark away from the deluge. With his high-octane performance as top of the rung film auteur, rare spirit of independence and penchant to cross swords with the high and mighty of the celluloid czars, Huston did not believe in pulling punches.

Sergio Leone – 30 years of ‘Once upon… …in America’.

Often attributed with perfecting the spaghetti western genre with A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964), THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966) and ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968), Sergio Leone confides about the arduous and lonely process of film-making throughout the 10-year process on what would be his last and arguably greatest film, ‘ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA’.

Gulzar – My Double Role.

Gulzar - Dadasaheb Awardee 2014 -

Despite his sporadic box office but constant critical success, a widespread opinion that gained momentum during this phase was Gulzar, the director always being subservient to Gulzar, the writer. Since Gulzar, without breaking new ground, stuck to the ‘personal reflection’ kind of European directorial style, it was the inventive idiom of his metaphorical language and its philosophical probing that got him extensive acclaim. From the archives, here is Gulzar, the latest Dadasaheb Phalke Awardee, scrutinizing in first person his initial dichotomy at the playing the dual role of writer and director.

Its a wonderful life but… – Frank Capra’s stories.

Merry Christmas to all the readers of and here is a Xmas special. ‘Tis the season we’re reminded that it’s a wonderful life, thanks to Frank Capra, an Angel Second Class named Clarence and the good people who program our movies on television at this time of year. Capra’s common touch and all-American vision of hope in tough times is a beloved feature of the holidays, adding yuletide warmth like a shot of rum in our eggnog.

There are two kinds of Capra stories: the ones he thought he told and the actual ones, darker, more complicated.

So before you tune in to watch James Stewart and Donna Reed in this perennial Christmas classic from 1946, treat yourself to this brilliant analysis of Capra’s films from Morris Dickstein. Like George Bailey, you’ll feel like “the richest man in town.”

Pramod Chakravorty – Chak de Chakki

Chakki was at the wrong end of the noose. Plan A had self aborted; plan B was never commissioned. Earlier, success was an option; now it was the only verity. Bombay’s boulevards were not lined with gold in recently independent India and the film industry’s memory extended only till your last failure.Like one of his films, Chakki sat there and time traveled in a flashback from where it all started.

David Mamet – I lost it at the Movies.

“A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue.”
The iconoclastic David Mamet is an American author, playwright, screenwriter and film director. A Tony and Oscar award nominee, he won the Pulitzer Prize for “Glengarry Glen Ross.”

Amongst several others, his credits include The Verdict, The Untouchables, Wag the Dog, and Ronin as screenwriter and House of Games, Homicide and State and Main as Director.

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