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Posts from — October 2009

Harishchandrachi Factory: India’s latest Oscar blunder?

harishchandrachi-factory.doThe last few months have seen much frenetic activity around Paresh Mokashi’s Marathi film Harishchandrachi Factory, primarily because it was picked as India’s official entry to the Oscars. While a lot of dinnertime conversation seems to revolve around this film and its supposed uniqueness, it is likely that most of this excitement in the air is based on some reviews about this film and its supposed archival value, because very few people have actually seen it. The question therefore is, is the film really the right choice to send to an international forum as our selection of the best film made in India this year. The answer, is, no. [Read more →]

October 31, 2009   47 Comments  

Inglourious Basterds: Quentin-ssential history

tarantinoNot too many people took the hint Quentin Tarantino was doling out at the Cannes Film Festival this year, when he arrived on the very prestigious, very formal red carpet doing an outrageous dance. The occasion: the world premiere of his Holocaust film, Inglourious Basterds. We think Holocaust and we stop thinking because images from the innumerous Holocaust films – all the way from Sophie’s Choice up to Life is Beautiful and beyond – come rushing back to us, and all we can think of is the cruelty man is capable of, and how that became apparent in the work of the Nazis under Hitler. We forget that the only thing we are really capable of knowing is what is told to us by history text books – six million Jews died, and Hitler killed them. Try as we might, and god knows cinema has continued to try ever since, we will never really know what happened. [Read more →]

October 24, 2009   1 Comment  

Review: Antichrist


Lars Von Trier’s latest offering, The Antichrist has generated interest, disgust, shock and applaud all at once, at every screening ever since the infamous premiere at the Cannes Film Festival where more than half the audience walked out, unable to digest the horrific violence of the film. Unfortunately, it is this curiosity value (“How much can the violence possibly be”) that has become the talk of the town, driving audiences to the film, more than Von Trier’s cinematic achievements in this venture. [Read more →]

October 2, 2009   No Comments