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  • The first word that comes to mind after watching Amrapali is ‘Impressive’. It is a mythological costume drama set in the 6th century and made in 1966....
  • Sound Of Music is arguably the best-loved musical of all time. Now that it is well past its fortieth anniversary, it is interesting to trace a bit of its history and see what impact it had on its star- Julie Andrews, who portrayed the central charact...
  • The Graduate walks a thin line- it is a crazy mix of comedy and romance and offers a wry commentary on the warped lives of American upper middle class society. In a way, it is also a portrayal of a domineering adult society trying to control vulnerab...
  • The 1982- classic An Officer And A Gentleman captures so many facets of human emotions and relationships. Many critics have labeled it as a romantic saga but to me, the film is more a journey of self-discovery....
  • An Affair To Remember- (Director McCarey’s reworking of his 1937 film Love Affair), is a typically 50s romantic tale of two unlikely people falling in love; getting pulled apart by fate and then coming together to live happily forever. On the deck...
  • 1973 film-Papillon brings to screen that hellish prison-life through Henri Charrier's amazing true story. Charrier, nicknamed 'Papillion' thanks to a butterfly tattoo on his chest, was wrongly sentenced for life for a murder, which he never commit...
  • The butler-and-master duo of Jeeves and Wooster is genius comic author P.G. Wodehouse’s most famous literary creation. Reading this duo’s innumerable crazy escapades is an unforgettable joyous and mirthful experience. The DVD box- set of ITV’s ...
  • Director Martin Scorcese made a remake of Cape Fear in 1991 featuring Robert De Niro as Cody but despite all its modern glamour and gore, it paled in comparison to the original classic....
  • From 1969 to 1974, BBC aired 45 episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus- a television show featuring a unique blend of sketch- comedy and animation. Within those first 5 years, Monty Python or Pythons (as the serial’s protagonists were collectiv...
  • Remember the opening mob-scene in Frenzy where a floating corpse of a woman steals the thunder away from the street speaker? Or the scene in Torn Curtain, where a famous ballerina throws a tantrum on the boat? Or the crazy chemistry between the lead ...
  • Sometimes, being ignorant about a particular topic helps you to appreciate and analyze it better. Just like it happened when I stumbled upon No Country For Old Men purely by chance. The only thing I knew when I started watching this film was that it ...
  • This screen adaptation of Earnest Hemingway’s famous novel was released in 1943- in the midst of the raging World War II. The film is supposed to be a great love-story on the backdrop of a war but cinematically it simply doesn’t have enough power...
  • The Caine Mutiny deals less with actual war and more with the psyche of the people involved in it. Based on a Pulitzer-prize winning novel by the same name, this film is apparently about an unprecedented (and of course imaginary!) mutiny of a US nava...
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s directorial genius lay in his immaculate understanding of cinema as a medium. Intriguing plots, ingenious scene compositions and intelligent technical innovations (particularly when the cinematic technology was in its infancy!) g...
  • The Hound Of Baskervilles has always remained one of the most cherished Sherlock Holmes-adventures. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic literary creation featuring the exploits of the genius crime-buster Holmes and his trusted lieutenant Dr. Watson ha...
  • Much before his 1990s’ ‘Mr. Bean’ portrayal turned Rowan Atkinson into a household name in, BBC’s comedy classic ‘The Black Adder’ had already ensured his entry into comedy’s Hall of Fame. Spoofing Britain’s bloody middle-ages history...
  • The Guns Of Navarone – a 1961-film based on Alistair MacLean’s equally super-charged novel. Such is the realism of this story that one often tends to forget that the entire pulsating plot of this exciting film was purely a work of fiction....
  • Fawlty Towers featured over 2 series aired in 1975 and 1979 but such was the comic magic of those well-written and well-acted plots that despite its countless reruns, the series remains popular even today. But surprisingly in its first run, Fawlty To...
  • Failsafe is a movie from that era, which highlighted the dangers of this senseless approach of relying more on the might of machines, rather than minds of men....
  • 1957-masterpiece The Bridge On The River Kwai is a Second World War-epic where the war just serves as a colorful backdrop, rather than taking the centre-stage. Such was the cinematic impact of this film that it won seven Oscars the following year- in...
  • Yes Minister hits the nail on the head by giving us a rare insight into the utterly frustrating bureaucratic red-tapism in a nation’s highest administrative machinery....
  • Director Stanley Kramer’s 1967-film Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner explored socio-cultural divide through a touching and heartwarming tale....
  • To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the finest films made on the issue of racism and one of the most realistic. Watching this two hour- plus 1962- movie, is like reading an engrossing novel and it is no surprise since it is indeed based on Harper Lee’s...
  • A Fistful of dollars 1964- movie not only breathed a new life into the dying genre of Westerns but it also went on to create a new sub-genre called Spaghetti Westerns. It also turned Clint Eastwood’s fledgling career on its head and made this Holly...
  • Rebecca starts as a story of a young orphan girl (Joan Fontaine) working as a companion for a rich old lady. While vacationing in Monte Carlo, the simple girl gets swept off her feet by an unexpected marriage proposal from a wealthy and handsome wido...
  • Stanley Kubrick’s 1964- masterpiece Dr.Straagelove shares quite a few similarities with Charlie Chaplin’s 1939- classic Great Dictator. Both films were not only fine comedies but under that comic garb they highlighted the burning sociopolitical i...
  • All About Eve is a film that takes us deep into the outwardly glittering and glamorous but inwardly dark and dangerous world of showbiz through an engrossing story about an aging stage-diva challenged by a young contender willing to go to any lengths...
  • The Untouchables is a typical Good V/s Evil, law V/s gangster tale but what makes it special is its classy presentation as a period drama. Visually it’s a rich film portraying the US prohibition era of the 1930s through authentic sets and costumes....
  • Watching a thought-provoking film like All Quiet On The Western Front is a cathartic experience- for it questions the validity and necessity of some of the basic core concepts like nationalism and patriotism. This 75-year old film graphically portray...
  • Enter The Dragon. The title couldn’t have been more prophetic for it was this movie’s success that really proved to be the entry point in Hollywood for many Hong Kong-based Chinese actors and moviemakers. Sadly the film’s main lead- Bruce Lee c...
  • Often regarded as the best film-maker ever, Alfred Hitchcock had a strange fascination for making movies in confined spaces. If he did that successfully in films like Rope and Rear Window, then Dial M For Murder was also no exception. Taking a succes...
  • Is it really possible to make an all-time classic with a struggling movie-house; a lead couple of two grumpy stars on a loan from other studios; a supposedly flop-theme and a short shooting- span of 4 weeks? Yes, it is. That’s what happened with ...
  • 1948- film Rope is a perfect example of director Alfred Hitchcock’s inventive, innovative movie-making. Drawing inspiration from a sensational, real-life murder-story in the 1920s (Leopold-Loeb murder case), this film explored the darker recesses o...
  • ‘Way out west’ is considered to be one of the best films of the Boys- (the fond sobriquet for the L-H team!). Like most other L-H movies, the plotline is thin but the situational gags are plenty and they form the backbone of the comedy. Stan and ...
  • Come September has provided enough ‘inspiration’ for Bollywood. To add to the historic details, it was the first movie to be shown in the trans-continental flights....
  • Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free. The tag-line on the poster of Shawshank Redemption conveys the essence of the film just perfectly. Bereft of any commercially viable clichéd formulae, if this film has gone on to become one of the b...
  • Any serious account of Indian cinema would be incomplete without mentioning the role of Raj Kapoor and his RK- films many of which were instrumental in forever changing the face of Hindi Film Industry....
  • Director Deepa Mehta’s Earth was the second film in her Elements-trilogy (1996- film Fire and 2005-film Water being the other two!) and arguably the best of the three. This trilogy brought to the fore Mehta’s bold and yet sensitive cinematic visi...
  • Writer-director Tapan Sinha’s 1990-film Ek Doctor Ki Maut ranks amongst the finest in Hindi cinema. But thanks to its non-commercial ‘parallel film’ nature, it has remained amongst the hidden gems for most film-lovers....
  • B.R. Chopra’s 1963-film Gumrah, which was based on the theme of adultery, proved a major success at the box-office and 1964-film Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke almost seems like a follow-up with a similar cast (Sunil Dutt, Ashok Kumar and Shashikala), sim...
  • Watching Suraj is like entering a time warp. It is a typical over-the-top costume drama from the South which practically defines what the masses lapped up in the 1960s....
  • If you want to know why the so-called Parallel Cinema movement in Hindi cinema died down in the 1980s, then go and watch this movie- at your peril of course! The only reason I saw it was to listen to Lata Mangeshkar’s superb rendition of ‘Sang so...
  • Three men belonging to three different religions are lying down on adjacent hospital- beds, the IV line inserted in each man’s arm is seeping blood and lo, behold the receiving bottle is the same! The blood in the bottle is being given to a blind l...
  • In the 1980s, the mainstream Hindi cinema was rapidly going downhill. Amitabh’s best years were gone and his career was largely going through the rut of ‘Angry Young Vijay meets Funny Guy Anthony’ repetition. His only real contender Jeetendra ...
  • When it comes to appreciating milestone- films from other regions, not understanding the language of dialogues has often proved to be a primary irritant and deterrent for many a movie-buff. Thankfully that problem doesn’t arise in case of Tamil dir...
  • To openly discuss the issue of extramarital affair way back in 1963 was indeed courageous and definitely B.R. Chopra’s Gumrah must have been perceived then as a bold and forward film of the times. But seeing it almost fifty years later makes it loo...
  • Gulzar’s uniquely mellow and mature cinematic sensitivity as a writer-director comes across through this excellent film, which must rank as one of the best works of this much- celebrated artiste. For this film, Gulzar adapted Khwaja Ahmed Abbas’s...
  • Watching Kalyug almost a quarter century later is a mixed experience. This film which was described by Ram Gopal Verma as ‘Shyam Bengegal’s best ever film’ doesn’t carry enough punch, despite its still very much relevant core theme of corpora...
  • Bimal Roy’s films- those that he himself directed and even those that he just produced- were all notable for strong story-lines, a feel for humanity, a realistic portrayal of emotions and an unmistakable empathy towards the underprivileged. The 196...
  • Director Bimal Roy had a unique knack of presenting socially conscious themes through eminently watchable, artistically stimulating and emotionally satisfying films. His 1959- film Sujata is perhaps best example of this quality. Sujata highlighted th...
  • Viewing Jagte Raho more than fifty years after its theatrical release evokes mixed reactions. Inspired by Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali, Raj Kapoor decided to try something different and chose an off-beat social satire with a totally deglamourized...
  • In one of his interviews, octogenarian and yet evergreen Dev Anand went ballistic against any attempts to remake Guide and I could see his point. How else would you feel if your life’s best work is being tampered with? Even his seemingly boastful s...
  • Pyaasa is not just a movie- it’s a piece of celluloid history, an experience to behold. It’s a film that has influenced many a latter-day film-maker. Guru Dutt – the enigmatic genius who produced and directed this film made it into an engrossin...
  • What can I say about Pather Panchali that hasn’t been already said? This debut film of Satyajit Ray, the first part of his masterful ‘Apu trilogy’ has been acclaimed as one of the greatest films of all time. Almost every critic who matters has ...
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  • Behind-the-scenes drama preceded the on-screen drama when Warner Brothers decided to go for the movie- adaptation of Alan Jay Lerners musical My Fair Lady which in turn was adapted from George Bernard Shaws play Pygmalion....
  • A delightful musical about the transformation of a carefree young girl who tries to be a nun but instead turns into a nanny...
  • The best thing about watching the special edition Pink Panther DVD- series is that one gets to witness the total gradual evolution of Hollywoods one of the most famous comic characters ever....
  • Singin' In The Rain fully deserves its place as perhaps the most popular Hollywood musical ever....
  • Apocalypse Now is Francis Ford Coppola's controversial take on Vietnam war....
  • Rear Window shows director Alfred Hitchcocks complete mastery over intricacies of cinematic medium....
  • A bitter-sweet tale of an adventurous escapade of a young princess and a press- reporter looking for the story of his life....
  • Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman came together in this all-time wonderful classic with the World War backdrop....
  • The Godfather Trilogy represents the medium of cinema at its best. Stylish yet raw and gritty these films show Mafia- worlds inner belly....
  • Watching The Gold Rush one is amazed at the way this almost eighty- year old silent film keeps ones attention riveted throughout with a brilliant concoction of slapstick comedy impressive special effects and sweet sentimentality....

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