Les Enfants du Paradis
Widely regarded as the greatest film ever made, Marcel Carne’s Les Enfants Du Paradis (1945) is not as well known in India.
  • Iss. IX

    Cosmopolis

    David Cronenberg is the greatest filmmaker in the English-speaking world, who has been continuing to make provocative and deeply thoughtful films when other claimants to the title like David Lynch, Atom Egoyan and Quentin Tarantino have been in decline. Several factors come to Cronenberg’s assistance and one is his ability...
  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy

    Abbas Kiarostami is the best known of Iranian filmmakers and it will not be out of place to assert that he put Iranian cinema on the world map. Yet, a careful viewing of his films raises questions about the validity of his methods. To put is plainly, Kiarostami’s best...
  • Iss. VI - The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973) – based on a novel of the same name by Raymond Chandler – belongs to a genre called the ‘hard-boiled detective story’, which may be regarded as a sub-category under noir and includes films like Huston’s The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Polanski’s Chinatown (1974). The genre has been accorded recognition as...
  • Vertigo Iss. V

    Vertigo

    Every film festival has their favorite filmmakers; Hitchcock is one of Cannes’. His Psycho was screened in the sixth year since the inauguration of the Cannes Classic section, in 2010. This was followed by The Ring in 2012, The Birds and Vertigo in 2013, and Jamaica Inn in 2014. The restored version...
  • The Holy Innocents

    The Holy Innocents

    Mario Camus’ The Holy Innocents (1984) is a Spanish film that may be roughly described as ‘humanist realism’ because it deals with rural poverty in Spain during the Franco era. If precursors have to be named it will the neo-realist films from Italy in the post-war years although it...
  • Modern Times

    Modern Times

    A clock with the seconds-needle soundlessly completes a circle and a half around it, setting the opening tone for Chaplin’s satirical “story of industry, of individual enterprise – humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness”: Modern Times, inhabited in the Depression years by the famished populace, jobless or underpaid...
  • Talk to Her

    Talk to Her

    The story of Talk to Her does not need retelling – especially since it has been so widely seen but it is divided into three major segments pertaining to the three key relationships in the narrative. The first segment pertains to the relationship between Benigno, a male hospital nurse...
  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse Among the various elements of camera style, the long uncut sequence has a way of getting attention for itself. Originally, the device was a constituent of mise en scène or the articulation of cinematic space (as opposed to montage, which is the articulation of time). Where...
  • The Master

    The Master

    Paul Thomas Anderson is not an easy American filmmaker to characterize but his work is perhaps best understood as an American response to European art cinema of the post-war years. Classical Hollywood cinema or studio filmmaking from the 1920s onwards has insisted on a plot which is driven by...

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