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Official Indian Subcontinent Challenge - March 2020

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Post by flavo5000 » March 25th, 2020, 1:23 pm

sol wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 1:12 pm
flavo5000 wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 1:08 pm
Thanks.
I can't tell if you're self-isolating, unable to go into work or are just dead-set on beating myself and jd next time the Official Challenge Leaderboard updates, but if I didn't know better, I would say that you're trying to winning all three Official Challenges this month. (D:)
Well, I am stuck working from home, so I do find myself with a LOT more time on my hands to watch stuff. I'm honestly not trying to win any of them this month. I'm just interested in all three so I've been going back and forth between them. So instead of having like 160 points on one challenge I'll probably end up with like 50 to 70 points split between three of them. Plus I just naturally have less on this Indian challenge than I would normally because these movies are SO FREAKING LONG. :lol:

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Post by blueboybob » March 25th, 2020, 1:23 pm

14. [India] Aakrosh (1980)
15. [India] Bandini (1963)
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Post by flavo5000 » March 25th, 2020, 1:40 pm

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48. Before the Rains (2007)
The most interesting aspect of this one is in its dichotomous relationship between the colonial British and native Indians. Some may call this British propaganda, but I honestly thought it offered a fairly even picture of the time period showing both the damage that the British did to Indian tradition and the subjugation of the people while also acknowledging the modern advancements they brought to the region that allowed India to grow into the country it is today. I feel like the movie gets sidelined with a requisite love story too often though to really hit hard.

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49. Darna Mana Hai (2003)
Well, this was pretty crappy. What we've got here is an anthology horror film with very silly, not even remotely scary stories that seems targeted to ten-year-olds. From a woman being menaced by apples (yea... I'm serious) to a guy who can freeze time to a hotel owner who takes his no smoking policy very seriously, it all feels like the kind of juvenile, simplified spooky story-telling that was the bread and butter of the Nickelodeon series Are You Afraid of the Dark. It even has a framing device of people telling stories around a campfire.

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50. Anand (1971)
This was a good one, very well-acted and well-directed. The subject matter itself is life affirming yet inevitably depressing though given that it's about a terminally ill man and how his positive outlook on life spreads to those around him.

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51. Guru (2007)
Overblown, over-directed and over-acted with a sketchy moral of a ruthless businessman who does whatever it takes to get rich at the cost of others. Apparently the movie feels that making him have a stroke suddenly redeems him and giving an impassioned speech can apparently get you acquitted of severe illegal business practices in an Indian high court.

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52. Footpath (2003)
Directed by Vikram Bhatt early in his career before he realized he could just churn out super-polished crappy horror movies like 1920 and Haunted 3D, Footpath is a pretty generic crime thriller that's similar in plot to Chhal, one I watched just a few days ago, involving a cop going undercover to bust some drug dealers. The direction is not very good, using cheesy slo-mo in an attempt to make stylized action and the plot is too heavy-handed to be effective.
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1. Mahanagar a.k.a. The Big City (India, 1963)
2. Kapurush a.k.a. The Coward (India, 1965)
3. Ghost Stories (India, 2020)
4. My Name Is Khan (India, 2010)
5. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
6. Fakira (1976)
7. Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 (2012)
8. Gangs of Wasseypur Part 2 (2012)
9. Ghare-Baire a.k.a. The Home and the World (1984)
10. James Bond 777 (1971)
11. Khuda Gawah (1992)
12. Agneepath (2012)
13. Baabarr (2009)
14. Bahubali: The Beginning (2015)
15. Dhoom:2 (2006)
16. Zhigrana (2015)
17. King Uncle (India, 1993)
18. Zinda Laash a.k.a. Dracula in Pakistan (Pakistan, 1967)
19. Don (India, 1978)
20. Village Rockstars (India, 2017)
21. Kahaani (India, 2012)
22. Guide (India, 1965)
23. Ganashatru a.k.a. An Enemy of the People (1989)
24. 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)
25. A Death in the Gunj (2016)
26. Raja Harishchandra (1913)
27. Talaash (2012)
28. Haunted - 3D (2011)
29. Pizza (2012)
30. Pistolwali (1972)
31. Satte Pe Satta (1982)
32. 1920: Evil Returns (2012)
33. Black (2005)
34. Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola (2013)
35. Ardh Satya (1983)
36. Charulata (1964)
37. Agantuk a.k.a. The Stranger (1991)
38. Bhoot (2003)
39. Chhal (2002)
40. Bhuvan Shome (1969)
41. Mera Naam Joker (1970)
42. Bhoot Bungla (1965)
43. Uski Roti a.k.a. Our Daily Bread (1970)
44. Arth (1982)
45. The Burning Train (1980)
46. Rann (2010)
47. Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)
48. Before the Rains (2007)
49. Darna Mana Hai (2003)
50. Anand (1971)
51. Guru (2007)
52. Footpath (2003)

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#164

Post by sol » March 25th, 2020, 1:46 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
March 25th, 2020, 1:23 pm
sol wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 1:12 pm
flavo5000 wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 1:08 pm
Thanks.
I can't tell if you're self-isolating, unable to go into work or are just dead-set on beating myself and jd next time the Official Challenge Leaderboard updates, but if I didn't know better, I would say that you're trying to winning all three Official Challenges this month. (D:)
Well, I am stuck working from home, so I do find myself with a LOT more time on my hands to watch stuff. I'm honestly not trying to win any of them this month. I'm just interested in all three so I've been going back and forth between them. So instead of having like 160 points on one challenge I'll probably end up with like 50 to 70 points split between three of them. Plus I just naturally have less on this Indian challenge than I would normally because these movies are SO FREAKING LONG. :lol:
I actually managed to compile a pretty decent list of under 2 hour Indian features that were available online for this Challenge, but I have barely made a dent in the list and I probably won't see much more this month. I would rather regain/secure my top 5 positions in the other two challenges this month, which is going to be uphill battle with so many participants working from home while the government has stated that teachers over here have to go into work every day for the rest of the year no matter how bad the pandemic gets. :ermm:

P.S.: Notice you haven't seen Distant Thunder. That's under 2-hours and very on-topic with pandemic panic buying.
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Post by AssonFire » March 25th, 2020, 4:31 pm

Haven't managed to see as much as I'd intended. Hopefully I'll see a few more in the next week.

4. Before the Rains (Santosh Sivan, 2007, India)
Apparently a remake of a 2000 film set in Israel-Palestine: Yellow Asphalt. The plot, centred around an affair between a married Indian woman and a British plantation owner set around the late colonial-era Raj, transplants well into the gorgeous verdant hills of Kerala. A passable way to spend 90 minutes, despite never climbing to more than soapy Maugham-esque melodrama.

5. Garm Hava (M. S. Sathyu, 1973, India)
Tale of a Muslim family living in post-partition India, struggling to cope financially as the patriarch's brother and owner of the family home has moved to Pakistan. Good ensemble acting.

6. Boatman (Gianfranco Rosi, 1993, India)
Documentary set primarily on the banks of the Ganges at the otherworldly, fetid and holy city of Varanasi, oldest continuously-occupied city in the world. From the passenger seat of a rowboat we see tourists, guides, pilgrims, sadhus and locals go about their day. You can quite easily believe that the director just rented a boat, pointed his camera and pretty much recorded what he saw, asking the occasional question and this method helps and conveys a very real sense of the environment. The director chose particularly wisely in the selection of the straight-talking boatman as his guide, who provides several of the film's insights.

7. Jinnah (Jamil Dehlavi, 1998, Pakistan)
Tells the story of the partition of India from the perspective of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, by way of an A Christmas Carol-esque framing device of a deceased Jinnah, played by Christopher Lee, revisiting the major events of his life events and Pakistan's future with the accompaniment of Shashi Kapoor's gatekeeper of the afterlife. As the title suggests, it's more a biopic of the man than an account of partition. It's quite a dull film, earnest but inert, and unsurprisingly more ready to show the misdeeds of Hindus than Muslims.

8. Partition (Ken McMullen, 1987, UK*)
Tedious theatrical docudrama on partition that drags at less than 80 minutes. Nice camerawork and some good acting are about the only positives I can offer.

*UK-only production, set in India with partition as the subject. Disregard if you don't feel it meets the criteria.
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1. Uttarayanam (Govindan Aravindan, 1974, India)
2. Mani Muzhakkam (P.A. Backer, 1977, India)
3. Dooratwa (Buddhadev Dasgupta, 1979, India)

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Post by Traveller » March 25th, 2020, 6:05 pm

33. Devdas (2002, India) - 3/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by blueboybob » March 25th, 2020, 6:57 pm

16. [India] Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)
17. [India] Deewaar (1975)

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » March 26th, 2020, 2:10 am

(Screenshots from 'Silsila' and 'Hansa Vilapaya')

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36. 'Aas' / 1953, Devendra Goel / 6/10 / India
37. 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' / 1978, Raj Kapoor / 7.5 or 8/10 / India
38. 'Silsila' / 1981, Yash Chopra / 7.5/10 / India
39. 'Hansa Vilapaya' / 2000, Wehalle Piyathilake / 6 or 6.5/10 / Sri Lanka
40. 'I Love NY' / 2015, Radhika Rao, Vinay Sapru / 3 or 4/10 / India

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Post by sol » March 26th, 2020, 10:56 am

The World's Fastest IndianShow
1. Duvidha (1973) India
2. Saroja (2000) Sri Lanka
3. 3 Idiots (2009) India
4. Red Door (1997) India
5. Light of Asia (1925) India
6. Kaliya Mardan (1919) India
7. Salaam Bombay! (1988) India
8. The Red Phallus (2018) Bhutan
9. Andhadhun (2018) India
10. Deliverance (1981) India
11. Distant Thunder (1973) India

12. Viceroy's House (2017) India

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A film about the debate over whether to divide British India into two countries (India and Pakistan) upon independence and where to draw the borders. It is a fairly engaging topic with millions of refugees created by dividing the land into separate Islamic and Hindu states and the sectioning of an East Pakistan (the area now known as Bangladesh). A lot of this is oddly sidelined though for a romance between locals and the viceroy arguing with his wife.
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Post by blueboybob » March 26th, 2020, 11:41 am

18. [India] Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
19. [India] Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1992)
20. [India] Umrao Jaan (1981)

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Post by flavo5000 » March 26th, 2020, 12:41 pm

sol wrote:
March 25th, 2020, 1:46 pm
flavo5000 wrote:
March 25th, 2020, 1:23 pm
sol wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 1:12 pm
I can't tell if you're self-isolating, unable to go into work or are just dead-set on beating myself and jd next time the Official Challenge Leaderboard updates, but if I didn't know better, I would say that you're trying to winning all three Official Challenges this month. (D:)
Well, I am stuck working from home, so I do find myself with a LOT more time on my hands to watch stuff. I'm honestly not trying to win any of them this month. I'm just interested in all three so I've been going back and forth between them. So instead of having like 160 points on one challenge I'll probably end up with like 50 to 70 points split between three of them. Plus I just naturally have less on this Indian challenge than I would normally because these movies are SO FREAKING LONG. :lol:
I actually managed to compile a pretty decent list of under 2 hour Indian features that were available online for this Challenge, but I have barely made a dent in the list and I probably won't see much more this month. I would rather regain/secure my top 5 positions in the other two challenges this month, which is going to be uphill battle with so many participants working from home while the government has stated that teachers over here have to go into work every day for the rest of the year no matter how bad the pandemic gets. :ermm:

P.S.: Notice you haven't seen Distant Thunder. That's under 2-hours and very on-topic with pandemic panic buying.
Distant Thunder is one I've got waiting to be watched. Just been trying to space out the Satyajit Ray movies. They can be really depressing.

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Post by Traveller » March 26th, 2020, 5:58 pm

34. The Light of Asia (1925, India) - 6/10
35. Donkey in a Brahmin Village (1977, India) - 7/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by blueboybob » March 26th, 2020, 10:39 pm

21. [India] Waqt (1965)
22. [India] Siddeshwari (1990)
23. [India] Komal Gandhar (1961)
24. [India] Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (1955)


I think I do not like Indian cinema

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Post by sol » March 27th, 2020, 12:00 pm

The World's Fastest IndianShow
1. Duvidha (1973) India
2. Saroja (2000) Sri Lanka
3. 3 Idiots (2009) India
4. Red Door (1997) India
5. Light of Asia (1925) India
6. Kaliya Mardan (1919) India
7. Salaam Bombay! (1988) India
8. The Red Phallus (2018) Bhutan
9. Andhadhun (2018) India
10. Deliverance (1981) India
11. Distant Thunder (1973) India
12. Viceroy's House (2017) India

13. Stree (2018) India

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Despite some mood-breaking songs, this is a reasonably spooky watch for the most part with a suspenseful underscore, atmospheric lighting effects (see above) and well scouted locations. The filmmakers also smartly keep the witch's face obscured for the most part, with the project generally working more along the lines of implied (not overt) horror. The gender reversal is refreshing too, without being overtly feminist, with men as helpless victims.
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Post by flavo5000 » March 27th, 2020, 1:09 pm

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53. Calcutta Mail (2003)
Here's another kind of flat thriller about a guy who goes to Calcutta under initially mysterious reasons where someone seems to be wanting him dead. In the hands of a better director, there might've been something here, but as it is, it's pretty forgettable.

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54. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
With a ludicrous, convoluted plot involving three strangers who all donate blood to the same woman and who secretly turn out to all be actually brothers (although not really secretly since they burn through the setup in a hysterical, melodramatic, screamy opening that reveals how she was separated from the children with each growing up in a different religion). Of course, on top of the family drama, we've got a mob war plot and multiple romance threads going on as well. Some cite this movie as kicking off the popularity of these crazy kitchen sink movies like 3 Idiots and Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Honestly the movie gets by on the charm of its actors quite a bit, especially Amitabh Bachchan who has a kind of effortless likeability in just about any movie he was in during this time period (see also Don and Satte Pe Satta). It's a mess but is somehow still entertaining (maybe watching all these Bollywood movies is starting to have an impact on my psyche).

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55. Haider (2014)
This loose remake of Hamlet dealing with the Kashmir conflict puts an interesting spin on the original story. It's also pretty well-acted and well-directed. While not entirely successful (partially due to those pesky out of place musical numbers), it does still rise above much of the mediocrity I've been wading through this month.
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1. Mahanagar a.k.a. The Big City (India, 1963)
2. Kapurush a.k.a. The Coward (India, 1965)
3. Ghost Stories (India, 2020)
4. My Name Is Khan (India, 2010)
5. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
6. Fakira (1976)
7. Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 (2012)
8. Gangs of Wasseypur Part 2 (2012)
9. Ghare-Baire a.k.a. The Home and the World (1984)
10. James Bond 777 (1971)
11. Khuda Gawah (1992)
12. Agneepath (2012)
13. Baabarr (2009)
14. Bahubali: The Beginning (2015)
15. Dhoom:2 (2006)
16. Zhigrana (2015)
17. King Uncle (India, 1993)
18. Zinda Laash a.k.a. Dracula in Pakistan (Pakistan, 1967)
19. Don (India, 1978)
20. Village Rockstars (India, 2017)
21. Kahaani (India, 2012)
22. Guide (India, 1965)
23. Ganashatru a.k.a. An Enemy of the People (1989)
24. 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)
25. A Death in the Gunj (2016)
26. Raja Harishchandra (1913)
27. Talaash (2012)
28. Haunted - 3D (2011)
29. Pizza (2012)
30. Pistolwali (1972)
31. Satte Pe Satta (1982)
32. 1920: Evil Returns (2012)
33. Black (2005)
34. Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola (2013)
35. Ardh Satya (1983)
36. Charulata (1964)
37. Agantuk a.k.a. The Stranger (1991)
38. Bhoot (2003)
39. Chhal (2002)
40. Bhuvan Shome (1969)
41. Mera Naam Joker (1970)
42. Bhoot Bungla (1965)
43. Uski Roti a.k.a. Our Daily Bread (1970)
44. Arth (1982)
45. The Burning Train (1980)
46. Rann (2010)
47. Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)
48. Before the Rains (2007)
49. Darna Mana Hai (2003)
50. Anand (1971)
51. Guru (2007)
52. Footpath (2003)
53. Calcutta Mail (2003)
54. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
55. Haider (2014)

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Post by sol » March 27th, 2020, 4:03 pm

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1. Duvidha (1973) India
2. Saroja (2000) Sri Lanka
3. 3 Idiots (2009) India
4. Red Door (1997) India
5. Light of Asia (1925) India
6. Kaliya Mardan (1919) India
7. Salaam Bombay! (1988) India
8. The Red Phallus (2018) Bhutan
9. Andhadhun (2018) India
10. Deliverance (1981) India
11. Distant Thunder (1973) India
12. Viceroy's House (2017) India
13. Stree (2018) India

14. Death on a Full Moon Day (1997) Sri Lanka

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Joe Abeywickrama provides a strong lead performance here and yet everything soon becomes repetitive with repeated scenes of the mailman trying to get him to sign and his daughter crying over their inability to receive financial compensation unless he accepts that her brother has died in war. The film takes a thought-provoking turn in the final ten minutes though that provides quite a bit to ponder and causes the tale linger long in the mind.
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Post by Mario Gaborović » March 27th, 2020, 4:58 pm

blueboybob wrote:
March 26th, 2020, 10:39 pm
22. [India] Siddeshwari (1990)
IMDB says Siddeshwari is much longer than 90minutes copy which is only one available I believe. Is full version available online?

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Post by Traveller » March 27th, 2020, 6:34 pm

36. Mr. Shome (1969, India) - 5/10
37. An Enemy of the People (1989, India) - 6/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by blueboybob » March 27th, 2020, 9:07 pm

Mario Gaborović wrote:
March 27th, 2020, 4:58 pm
blueboybob wrote:
March 26th, 2020, 10:39 pm
22. [India] Siddeshwari (1990)
IMDB says Siddeshwari is much longer than 90minutes copy which is only one available I believe. Is full version available online?
No just watched the 90m version

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Post by blueboybob » March 27th, 2020, 9:20 pm

25. [India] Anuradha (1960)
26. [India] Dweepa (2002)
27. [India] Ghatashraddha (1977)
28. [India] Samskara (1970)

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(Screenshot/artwork from 'Ek Musafir Ek Hasina' and 'Satyakam')

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41. 'Tarana' / 1951, Ram Daryani / 7.5 or 8/10 / India
42. 'Ek Musafir Ek Hasina' / 1962, Raj Khosla / 8 or 8.5/10 / India
43. 'Satyakam' / 1969, Hrishikesh Mukherjee / 9/10 / India
44. 'Mausam' / 1975, Gulzar / 9/10 / India
45. 'Naram Garam' / 1981, Hrishikesh Mukherjee / 7.5/10 / India

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Post by blueboybob » March 28th, 2020, 11:37 am

29. [India] Garm Hava (1974)
30. [India] Madhumati (1958)
31. [India] Nishant (1975)
32. [India] Satya (1998)

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Post by ororama » March 28th, 2020, 11:48 am

1. Purana Mandir (1984) * 144 min. (India)

*First time viewing.

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Post by Traveller » March 28th, 2020, 4:50 pm

38. The Third Oath (1966, India) - 6/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by Mario Gaborović » March 28th, 2020, 4:55 pm

36. Rabindranath Tagore (1961) - India

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1. Salaam Bombay! (1988) - India
2. Subarnarekha (1965) - India
3. I am Twenty (1967) + On the Move (1970) + Little Terrorist (2004) - India
4. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) - India
5. Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994) - India
6. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) - India
7. Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) - India
8. Seto Surya (2016) - Nepal
9. Black Friday (2004) - India
10. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) - India
11. Dangal (2016) - India
12. Waar (2013) - Pakistan
13. Pura Handa Kaluwara (1997) - Sri Lanka
14. The Red Phallus (2018) - Bhutan
15. Aparajito (1956) - India
16. 3 Idiots (2009) - India
17. Apur Sansar (1959) - India
18. Lalsalu (2001) - Bangladesh
19. Stop Genocide (1971) + Agami (1984) + Murgi Keno Mutant (2011) + The Last SMS (2017) - Bangladesh
20. Emeehun (2017)* - Maldives + The Inner Eye (1972) + Bala (1976) - India
21. Rang De Basanti (2006) - India
22. Kittonkhola (2000) - Bangladesh
23. Hera Pheri (2000) - India
24. Mother India (1957) - India
25. Satya (1998) - India
26. Before My Eyes (1989) + Figures of Thought (1990) + Echo of Eco (2009) - India
27. PK (2014) - India
28. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) - India
29. Taare Zameen Par (2007) - India
30. The Blood of Hussain (1980) - Pakistan
31. Pyaasa (1957) - India
32. Kaliya Mardan (1919) - India
33. Prem Sanyas (1925) - India
34. Black (2005) - India
35. Third Person Singular Number (2009) - Bangladesh

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Post by OldAle1 » March 28th, 2020, 6:42 pm

All films from INDIA unless o/w noted.
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1. Talaash (Reema Kagti, 2012)
2.Prem Sanyas / The Light of Asia (Franz Osten/Himanshu Rai, 1925)
3. Shiraz (Franz Osten, 1928)
4. Acchut Kanya / Untouchable Girl (Franz Osten, 1936)
5. 3 Idiots (Rajkumar Hirani, 2009)
6. Devdas (P.C. Barua, 1936)
7. Enthiran / Robot (S. Shankar, 2010)
8. Baazi / High Stakes (Guru Dutt, 1951)
9. Talvar / Guilty (Meghna Gulzar, 2015)
10. Do Bigha Zamin / Two Acres of Land (Bimal Roy, 1953)
11. Nagarik / The Citizen (Ritwik Ghatak, 1952)
12. Ajantrik / Pathetic Fallacy (Ritwik Ghatak, 1958)
13. Meghe Dhaka Tara / The Cloud-Capped Star (Ritwik Ghatak, 1960)
14. Taare Zameen Par / Like Stars on Earth (Aamir Khan/Amole Gupta, 2007)
15. Andhadhum / The Blind Melody (Sriram Raghavan, 2018)
16. Komal Gandhar / A Soft Note on a Sharp Scale (Ritwik Ghatak, 1961)
17. Titas Ekti Nodir Naam / A River Called Titas (Ritwik Ghatak, 1973)
18. Jukti, Takko Aar Gappo / Reason, Debate and a Story (Ritwik Ghatak, 1974)
19. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (Mira Nair, 1996, USA/INDIA /UK/Japan/Germany)
20. Raja Harishchandra (Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, 1913) + extras
21. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955) (re-watch)
22. Aparajito (Satyajit Ray, 1956) (re-watch)
23. Apur Sansar (Satyajit Ray, 1959) (re-watch)

In the summer of 1995 the travelling Satyajit Ray retrospective of 9 or 10 (I saw 9 but I think I may have missed one) came to Chicago. This was my first exposure to Ray, and probably to Indian cinema, and I believe I got exposed to Indian food - which has since become, no contest, my favorite world cuisine - at about the same time, or only slightly earlier. Given that I was almost 30 and had lived in Chicago or suburbs for almost 12 years and had been a pretty serious film buff most of that time, that may seem strange, but I watched most films in the cinema and there just weren't that many that played - if newer Bollywood films played anywhere, I wasn't aware of it, and the classics from Ray, Ghatak, Dutt, etc, weren't in the most regular rotation among the arthouses and revival theaters. So this was kind of a bolt of lightning to me and it was certainly one of the best retrospectives I saw during that period.

Seeing them again after 25 years in the new Criterion restorations brings back a lot of memories, many of them not surprisingly sad ones, for these are sad, even tragic films. I'm not going to SPOILER this because these films are so well known but if you don't want to know anything skip the rest of this paragraph at least. Apu loses in succession over the three films his "granny" (unclear the exact relation), his older sister, while both are still children, his father while an adolescent, his mother while a young man, and his brand-new wife just a few years later. And yet the films are also, no question, as much about the triumph over adversity - the emotional and spiritual triumph, for Apu's future as a writer or anything else for that matter is very much uncertain at the end of the last film. And they are certainly about the quiet moments in nature, and ecstatic moments - such as the first up-close sight of a train in the first film, or (most especially) the last scene in the last film, that give life it's meaning even in the face of constant disappointment and loss.

Pather Panchali is probably the highest-rated on most sites, and on the most lists, in large part because it was such a breakthrough and milestone film in a way the others couldn't be; at this point I cannot say easily which of the three films I prefer, they are all on the same very, very high level, but it certainly does hit one with it's lyricism and it's across the board qualities in every respect - the music by Ravi Shankar of course stands out, the natural beauties, particularly of water and lush vegetation that overgrows the house of Apu's parents, disintegrating back to whence it came just as the family's status has diminishes over generations, and the acting, particularly that of Karuna Banerjee as Sarbojaya, Apu's mother in the first two films. It is a film of childhood, but a childhood that will inevitably lead to a very early assumption of adult duties, as the family slowly disintegrates and Apu has to take on more and more responsibility.

Aparajito takes the story through Apu's teen years, largely in Calcutta; I liked this a little less than the other two originally but I'm not sure why in retrospect. Ray's lyrical, poetic qualities are just as present in the big city, and the bookending of the film by the deaths of the parents could not represent the struggles of becoming an adult better.

Apur Sansar introduces us and the world at large to Soumitra Chatterjee, Ray's main lead actor for many years, as the young adult Apu, and Sharmila Tagore as his young wife Aparna. If there's anything I dislike in the whole trilogy, it's that we don't get to see these two together enough - the way in which we see their love develop out of an improbable faulty arranged marriage is just brilliant, but there is one more tragedy in store for Apu, out of which at the end we get one of the most emotionally powerful endings in film history, so I guess it's worth it.

Every bit as great as their reputations, I'm pleased to be able to (still) say.

24. Parash Pathar / The Philosopher's Stone (Satyajit Ray, 1958)

Ray's third feature and first comedy is unfortunately suffered from a rather poor copy - perhaps I should have checked around more but what I had runs about 20 minutes short of the listed time on IMDb, and wasn't very clear. The subs were good though and it was easy to follow, though it's clear there were a couple of scenes missing. In any case, this is an enjoyable if fairly standard story of man-gets-treasure-and-it-ruins-his-life, a theme that was quite common in mainstream comedies all around the world at the time - last year I watched an Egyptian film from around 1950 and an American comedy from the early 60s with very similar magical themes - and conclusions. In this particular case a middle-aged clerk happens on a stone which will change other materials (I think just metals and other stones but that's not clear) into gold, and of course problems ensue. It doesn't quite go in the same direction as some of the similar western stories have - our clerk realizes on his own that this is not going to end well, for instance - but on the whole this was relatively predictable, if still engaging and moderately humorous. Definitely the weakest of Ray's early films I think.

25. Jalsaghar / The Music Room (Satyajit Ray, 1958) (re-watch)

I remembered this one only vaguely, until the last big musical number, the dance of Krishna - that was very familiar as was the wonderful music throughout by Ustad Vilayat Khan and Robin Majumdar. This is another story that is rather familiar on it's surface to me now, or anybody who has watched a fair number of Ray, Ghatak, etc films -- declining social fortunes of a once-wealthy and prestigious family. In this case the rich landowner Roy (Chhabi Biswas) is falling step by step through his own arrogance and laziness, and his inability to concentrate on or care about anything apart from his music - playing, but mostly listening in his music room, to the eventual detriment of his fortunes and his family. Another great film, an exquisite portrait of dissipation and a man's total inability to change and move with the times, or to recognize his own limitations and how they affect the world around him.

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Post by blueboybob » March 28th, 2020, 8:58 pm

33. [India] Pukar (1939)
34. [India] Bhaji on the Beach (1993)
35. [India] Earth (1998)
36. [India] Fire (1996)

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Post by Melvelet » March 28th, 2020, 9:46 pm

1. Apur Sansar 1959 — a.k.a. The World of Apu 7/10
2. Salaam Bombay! 1988 7/10

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Post by zzzorf » March 29th, 2020, 10:23 am

1. Jago Hua Savera (1959, Pakistan) - 5/10

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Post by cinephage » March 29th, 2020, 11:08 am

08. Jagte Raho, by Amit Mitra & Sombhu Mitra (1952) 7,5/10

Though the comical aspect of this tale didn't quite work on me, I found the structure and plot of the film to be brilliant.
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01. Drishyam, by Nishikant Kamat (2015) 7/10 - India
02. Ankur, by Shyam Benegal (1974) 7,5/10 - India
03. Happy New Year, by Farah Kahn (2014) 7/10 - India
04. Mahapurush, by Satyajit Ray (1965) 7/10 - India
05. City of God, by Lijo Jose Pellissery (2011) 7,5/10 - India
06. Do Bigha Zamin, by Bimal Roy (1953) 8/10 - India
07. Roja, by Mani Ratnam (1992) 7/10

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Post by blueboybob » March 29th, 2020, 2:45 pm

37. [India] Amma Ariyan (1987)
38. [India] Jagte Raho (1956)
39. [India] Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957)
40. [India] Titas Ekti Nodir Naam (1973)
41. [India] Junglee (1961)

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Post by Traveller » March 29th, 2020, 4:10 pm

39. Ship of Theseus (2012, India) - 8/10
40. A Night in the City (1956, India) - 5/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » March 30th, 2020, 6:03 am

(Screenshots from 'Swarga Seema' and 'Sehra')

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46. 'Swarga Seema' / 1945, B.N. Reddi / 8.5/10 / India
47. 'Barsaat' / 1949, Raj Kapoor / 8.5 or 9/10 / India
48. 'Vachan' / 1955, Raj Rishi / 7 or 7.5/10 / India
49. 'Sehra' / 1963, V. Shantaram / 7.5/10 / India
50. 'Saudagar' / 1973, Sudhendu Roy / 9/10 / India

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Post by blueboybob » March 30th, 2020, 12:28 pm

42. [India] Kanchana Sita (1977)
43. [India] Zanjeer (1973)

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Post by flavo5000 » March 30th, 2020, 1:11 pm

Well, I had written reviews for most of the these yesterday but apparently it didn't save. I don't really feel like re-typing them again, so no reviews for this bunch. Honestly, it's questionable whether anyone cares about them anyway. Suffice it to say, Shor in the City was actually a pretty decent crime movie and Kaagaz Ke Phool was an interesting A Star is Born-esque story. Do Dooni Char was super annoying and goofy.

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56. Shree 420 (1955)

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57. Water (2005)

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58. Do Dooni Chaar (2010)

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59. Shor in the City (2010)

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60. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
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1. Mahanagar a.k.a. The Big City (India, 1963)
2. Kapurush a.k.a. The Coward (India, 1965)
3. Ghost Stories (India, 2020)
4. My Name Is Khan (India, 2010)
5. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
6. Fakira (1976)
7. Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 (2012)
8. Gangs of Wasseypur Part 2 (2012)
9. Ghare-Baire a.k.a. The Home and the World (1984)
10. James Bond 777 (1971)
11. Khuda Gawah (1992)
12. Agneepath (2012)
13. Baabarr (2009)
14. Bahubali: The Beginning (2015)
15. Dhoom:2 (2006)
16. Zhigrana (2015)
17. King Uncle (India, 1993)
18. Zinda Laash a.k.a. Dracula in Pakistan (Pakistan, 1967)
19. Don (India, 1978)
20. Village Rockstars (India, 2017)
21. Kahaani (India, 2012)
22. Guide (India, 1965)
23. Ganashatru a.k.a. An Enemy of the People (1989)
24. 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)
25. A Death in the Gunj (2016)
26. Raja Harishchandra (1913)
27. Talaash (2012)
28. Haunted - 3D (2011)
29. Pizza (2012)
30. Pistolwali (1972)
31. Satte Pe Satta (1982)
32. 1920: Evil Returns (2012)
33. Black (2005)
34. Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola (2013)
35. Ardh Satya (1983)
36. Charulata (1964)
37. Agantuk a.k.a. The Stranger (1991)
38. Bhoot (2003)
39. Chhal (2002)
40. Bhuvan Shome (1969)
41. Mera Naam Joker (1970)
42. Bhoot Bungla (1965)
43. Uski Roti a.k.a. Our Daily Bread (1970)
44. Arth (1982)
45. The Burning Train (1980)
46. Rann (2010)
47. Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)
48. Before the Rains (2007)
49. Darna Mana Hai (2003)
50. Anand (1971)
51. Guru (2007)
52. Footpath (2003)
53. Calcutta Mail (2003)
54. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
55. Haider (2014)
56. Shree 420 (1955)
57. Water (2005)
58. Do Dooni Chaar (2010)
59. Shor in the City (2010)
60. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

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Post by Mario Gaborović » March 30th, 2020, 2:34 pm

37. Achhut Kanya (1936) - India
38. Pukar (1939) - India
39. Devdas (1936) - India
40. Pashupati Prasad (2016) - Nepal

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1. Salaam Bombay! (1988) - India
2. Subarnarekha (1965) - India
3. I am Twenty (1967) + On the Move (1970) + Little Terrorist (2004) - India
4. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) - India
5. Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994) - India
6. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) - India
7. Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) - India
8. Seto Surya (2016) - Nepal
9. Black Friday (2004) - India
10. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) - India
11. Dangal (2016) - India
12. Waar (2013) - Pakistan
13. Pura Handa Kaluwara (1997) - Sri Lanka
14. The Red Phallus (2018) - Bhutan
15. Aparajito (1956) - India
16. 3 Idiots (2009) - India
17. Apur Sansar (1959) - India
18. Lalsalu (2001) - Bangladesh
19. Stop Genocide (1971) + Agami (1984) + Murgi Keno Mutant (2011) + The Last SMS (2017) - Bangladesh
20. Emeehun (2017)* - Maldives + The Inner Eye (1972) + Bala (1976) - India
21. Rang De Basanti (2006) - India
22. Kittonkhola (2000) - Bangladesh
23. Hera Pheri (2000) - India
24. Mother India (1957) - India
25. Satya (1998) - India
26. Before My Eyes (1989) + Figures of Thought (1990) + Echo of Eco (2009) - India
27. PK (2014) - India
28. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) - India
29. Taare Zameen Par (2007) - India
30. The Blood of Hussain (1980) - Pakistan
31. Pyaasa (1957) - India
32. Kaliya Mardan (1919) - India
33. Prem Sanyas (1925) - India
34. Black (2005) - India
35. Third Person Singular Number (2009) - Bangladesh
36. Rabindranath Tagore (1961) - India

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41. Madhumati (1958, India) - 5/10
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Post by OldAle1 » March 30th, 2020, 4:45 pm

All films from INDIA unless o/w noted.
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1. Talaash (Reema Kagti, 2012)
2.Prem Sanyas / The Light of Asia (Franz Osten/Himanshu Rai, 1925)
3. Shiraz (Franz Osten, 1928)
4. Acchut Kanya / Untouchable Girl (Franz Osten, 1936)
5. 3 Idiots (Rajkumar Hirani, 2009)
6. Devdas (P.C. Barua, 1936)
7. Enthiran / Robot (S. Shankar, 2010)
8. Baazi / High Stakes (Guru Dutt, 1951)
9. Talvar / Guilty (Meghna Gulzar, 2015)
10. Do Bigha Zamin / Two Acres of Land (Bimal Roy, 1953)
11. Nagarik / The Citizen (Ritwik Ghatak, 1952)
12. Ajantrik / Pathetic Fallacy (Ritwik Ghatak, 1958)
13. Meghe Dhaka Tara / The Cloud-Capped Star (Ritwik Ghatak, 1960)
14. Taare Zameen Par / Like Stars on Earth (Aamir Khan/Amole Gupta, 2007)
15. Andhadhum / The Blind Melody (Sriram Raghavan, 2018)
16. Komal Gandhar / A Soft Note on a Sharp Scale (Ritwik Ghatak, 1961)
17. Titas Ekti Nodir Naam / A River Called Titas (Ritwik Ghatak, 1973)
18. Jukti, Takko Aar Gappo / Reason, Debate and a Story (Ritwik Ghatak, 1974)
19. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (Mira Nair, 1996, USA/INDIA /UK/Japan/Germany)
20. Raja Harishchandra (Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, 1913) + extras
21. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955) (re-watch)
22. Aparajito (Satyajit Ray, 1956) (re-watch)
23. Apur Sansar (Satyajit Ray, 1959) (re-watch)
24. Parash Pathar / The Philosopher's Stone (Satyajit Ray, 1958)
25. Jalsaghar / The Music Room (Satyajit Ray, 1958) (re-watch)
26. Devi (Satyajit Ray, 1960) (re-watch)

Another film I had dim memories of from the retrospective, 25 years ago - I certainly remembered Sharmila Tagore, whose very delicate features and deep eyes remind me of Vivien Leigh and Natalie Portman in some respects, as the would-be goddess, but that was about it. Turns out she's a goddess against her will - the father-in-law (Chhabi Biswas) to young, newly married Doya (Tagore) is a True Believer and thinks she is the reincarnation of Kali, which eventually leads to her performing miracles like healing the sick. But husband Uma (Soumitra Chatterjee) isn't happy about it, nor sister-in-law Hara (Karuna Bannerjee). It's a simple story, with another typically powerful Ray ending of a character running away from the world, and the camera, and what makes this work is the compact run-time (just over an hour and a half, his shortest feature) and this great quartet of actors, maybe his best top-line cast.

27. Teen Kanya / Three Daughters (Satyajit Ray, 1961) (part re-watch)

"Part" because when I saw this in the cinema in '95 it was in the international-release "Two Daughters" version, which left out the middle "Monihara" episode. I guess if it had to be cut that's the one to cut IMO, the weakest and least-developed of the three, about a jewel-obsessed woman and the husband she despises and refuses to love. It is interesting for one of the rare really negative portraits of a woman in Ray's early films, but it doesn't feel fleshed-out enough, particularly the weird ghost-story like ending. The first episode, "The Postmaster" is better, a simple tale of the new postman in a small village who doesn't want to be there, but for a while finds himself with more reason to care when he starts to teach the young orphan girl who is sort of his servant to read. And the last, "Samapti", is pretty terrific, with future star actress and director/writer Aparna Sen as the "crazy' young woman who mocks and taunts Soumitra Chatterjee, a young man who's come home from school for a while before heading off again, and drives him to want to marry her despite her seeming unfitness (in the minds of his mother and most other adults in the village that is). We'd just call Sen's Mrinmoyee character a tomboy - she likes to play with the younger boys in the village, climb trees, and take care of her squirrel, and isn't in the least ladylike, but in this conservative culture this is all close to taboo. This feels playful at first, then dark and potentially tragic, then romantic and life-affirming in the end, like many of the best of Ray's films, and it's one of his best depictions of romance, right up there with Apur Sansar, and Sen has an amazing charm and vitality. I should also mention that this is the first of his films for which Ray also composed the music, and it's lovely, very different from the earlier films' compositions by Ravi Shankar and others - Ray's music sounds to me like a fusion of Indian and western classical elements, more western overall but with the occasional prominent use of the sitar and other instruments.

28. Rabindranath Tagore (Satyajit Ray, 1961)

Good if fairly conventional and "official" seeming biographical documentary about the great Bengali writer, India's first Nobel Prize winner, and certainly a big influence on the director and on other important figures in Indian/Bengali cinema. Ray narrates himself, in English, and his smooth, deep and highly cultured baritone voice seems appropriate for this life of an upper-class educated man who turned ever more towards spiritual and humanistic concerns, much like the director he so inspired. Good starting point for those, like me, who only know Tagore through Ray and other filmmakers.

29. Khuda Gawah / God is My Witness (Mukul Anand, 1992)

Thanks very much to whoever recommended this awesome chunk of masala-western craziness - I think it was in some previous challenge thread a few months ago, and thankfully Amazon Prime has this - a pretty decent copy too. In my limited viewing history the only thing I can compare this to is Sholay and IMO this blows that out of the water. The rec suggested as I remember that this was like Sergio Leone in an Indian context; I'd say yeah, but Sergio Leone if he had a lovechild with John Woo in India. Not that this has quite the operatic feel of Leone, or nearly the level of violence of Woo, but there's something in the manly, kinda homoerotic love between Baadshah Khan - an Afghan tribal leader bent on finding and slaying the man who killed the father of his intended bride Benazier - and cop Raja Mirza in particular that reminds me of Woo. Oh, and lots of white pigeons or doves, that's a visual motif here that is certainly omnipresent in Woo's most famous work. Anyway this is a modern-day western set in Afghanistan and India with guys on horses escaping from cars, thrilling horseback races (especially the opening of the film), people overacting and emoting and saying things like "by the will of God I will defeat (insert name here) and bring him to justice if it takes my last breath" at a scream, etc. And lots of coincidences piling up in the second half of the film, last minute rescues, etc. I think I liked this so much because it felt like a parody or at least very self-conscious, like it was going to deliberately out-do anything else in the genre; I have no idea if that's true but it's what works for me so I'll stick to it. Anyway huge fun and probably the best of the few Hindi films I've seen for this challenge.

30. Kanchenjungha (Satyajit Ray, 1962)

Ray's first color film, though alas the copy I saw was a bit washed-out; would love to see this restored, at this point I can't say much about the use of color. Anyway this is something of a departure for the director, a story set firmly in the upper classes, about a family that is visiting the mountain resort of Darjeeling, near the mountain that gives the film it's title. Father and mother are trying to get their younger daughter married to the scion of another wealthy family, even as their older daughter's marriage seems on the verge of breaking apart; and the younger daughter may have a different life in mind for herself. This is basically all conversation, with the characters walking around or sitting at various points on winding paths up the side of a mountain, and at first I couldn't really connect, but it grows in depth as it goes along, as a dissection of class differences and gender inequalities among a people not yet prepared to talk about them openly. While the style is totally different this reminded me in some ways of Eric Rohmer, in it's focus on long conversations bringing out the depths in characters that would prefer to appear as unbroken surfaces. Not necessarily one of Ray's best but thought-provoking and different from the usual.

31. Abhijian / The Expedition (Satyajit Ray, 1962)

This one has a fairly high rating and reputation and seems to be considered a favorite by some, but for me this was the first disappointment in any real way (I don't necessarily like Parash Pathar any more, but I didn't expect much out of that one), though it's certainly not terrible and in fact has many good qualities. The major problem for me is that this story of rural taxi driver Narsingh (the ubiquitous Soumitra Chatterjee) losing his job, then getting a new one for a merchant who is perhaps not entirely on the up-and-up, all while attempting in his unsteady way to romance one woman while being sought after by another, just seems too long and drawn out for what it is. There is as usual in Ray some great acting - I like Chatterjee as much here as in anything, though I'm not always sure his character's personality feels that real (fault in the writing more than the acting I think) and Rabi Ghosh is pretty terrific as his long-suffering assistant. The music's great, the photography and settings - including a big rocky outcropping that looks straight out of the Alabama Hills in a hundred American westerns - is great, but ultimately this didn't add up to quite enough to justify 2 1/2 hours to me.

32. Mahanagar / The Big City (Satyajit Ray, 1963) (re-watch)

This is the most even-keeled Ray film so far, by which I mean a film that doesn't really have moments either of ecstatic joy or deep tragedy --- it's mostly pitched on a level of struggle, but not horrifically difficult struggle, and when the lovely ending comes (as of course it will; how many directors in history have been so consistently talented in picking just the right ending, often the right ending shot?) we just feel like we've watched a typical story of a typical Bengali family trying to stay afloat, maybe make it into the lower middle class, but still holding on to each other and to hope even when they couldn't be blamed for giving up. Subrata (Anil Chatterjee) is an employee at a new bank, just scraping by, able to pay the basic bills for his family but nothing extra, including glasses for his father or toys for his young son or clothes for his younger sister. So his wife Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee) takes matters into her own hands, becoming a sales representative for a company that makes knitting machines. Problems inevitably ensue of a gender type: neither Subrata nor his father or mother can deal with a woman working, and this leads to many small conflicts until Subrata loses his job, and the bigger worries begin. One might carp at the coincidences in the last 20 minutes which could feel melodramatic and movie-land in the hands of a lesser director but here they work to boil all the couples' - and by extension humanity's - troubles down to their pure essence.

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Post by allisoncm » March 30th, 2020, 10:55 pm

1. Village Rockstars (2017, Rima Das) 5/10 Very stagnant. [Golden Lotus Award]

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