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Posts from — April 2009

Review: The Year My Parents Went On Vacation

theyearCao Hamburger’s film O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias (The Year My Parents Went on Vacation) is set in Brazil in 1970. A 12-year-old Mauro’s parents hurriedly leave him at the doorstep of his grandfather’s house, taking off for a ‘vacation’. Soon after the parents speed away, the boy realizes that his grandfather is dead, and he is all alone in a Jewish neighbourhood without any idea of when his parents will return or where they are. [Read more →]

April 27, 2009   No Comments  

Ayan! What’s in your Name? II

The chaste Tamil word Ayan is made to suspend its real aura3 and enact a performative and false aura for the sake of lending a unique flavour to a film which is not unique and which is of a run-of-the mill kind. The word Ayan has its aura fixed in the realism of the Sangam age. Not long ago, Zizek remarked that the “the fetish is the embodiment of a lie that enables us to endure an unbearable truth.4 Invoking the Zizekian notion of fetish, one can come closer to the post-colonial problematic of Ayan as the title of a masala Tamil film. The film Ayan has its unrealistic grandeur as the real (the truth) and claims to be realistic in terms of the title and plot as the fetish (the lie). [Read more →]

April 23, 2009   No Comments  

Ayan! What’s in your Name?:The Zizekian Fetish and the Post-Colonial Problematic of Realism and Language Use in Tamil Cinema

Ayan is the name of a popular Tamil film doing the rounds in theatres in India and abroad (one Tamil diasporic site talks proudly that Ayan is the first Tamil film to have its posters inside an American railway station)1. It is starred by Surya, one of the current star favourites, as Ayan. Ayan (rhymes as Iron in English) opens up immense possibilities to serve as a fit case to apply a host of theoretical perspectives to Tamil cinema as a site of post-colonial markers. [Read more →]

April 22, 2009   1 Comment  

Subramanyapuram:The Arrival of Extreme Cinema in Tamil

subramanyapuramWith the advent of Paruthiveeran (2007) and Subramanyapuram (2008), there have been renewed hopes of optimism among members of the discerning lovers of Tamil cinema that all has not been lost and departures from the mainstream narrative practices are not only a possibility, but can also be sure winners at the box office. Both Paruthiveeran (Dir.Ameer) and Subramanyapuram (Dir.Sasikumar) have also been labelled as exemplars of violent narratives. [Read more →]

April 19, 2009   3 Comments  

Wide Screen Inaugural Issue

We are happy to announce that the first issue of Wide Screen is now online.


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April 17, 2009   No Comments  

Another look at Fair Rights for Friday Nights

The last week has seen an interesting feud in the Hindi film industry with producers and distributors joining hands against multiplexes over the issue of revenue sharing. Industry heavyweights like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan (actors who have turned producers since a few years), Karan Johar, Yash Chopra and a host of others held a press conference to ‘explain to the audience why they will not be seeing any new releases in the theatres for a while.’ [Read more →]

April 11, 2009   No Comments  

Turkish film posters

A delight for anybody interested in film culture: Deniz Pinar from Turkey has started a blog on Turkish film posters. Visitors will relish the set of “Turkish Fantastic Cinema”. My favourite is Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (Turkish Star Wars movie).


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April 4, 2009   No Comments