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From Ang Lee’s ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’ to ‘Amelie’: The pleasures of a well-crafted credits sequence

January 15, 2018


Read the full article on Firstpost, here: When we think of title sequences, we recall the ones Saul Bass made for Hitchcock, or the ones in the Bond films, which I never tire of watching (the credits stretch of Skyfall is a favourite). But the opening isn’t just about fun or glamour. If done […]

‘Goodfellas’, Béla Tarr, long takes and book adaptations

January 8, 2018


Read the full article on Firstpost, here: Before the release of Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita (1962), author-turned-screenwriter Vladimir Nabokov said, “I have not yet seen the picture. It may turn out to be a lovely morning mist as perceived through mosquito netting, or it may turn out to be the swerves of a scenic drive […]

‘The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg’, and the strangeness of subtitled songs

January 2, 2018


Read the full article on Firstpost, here: Among the great pleasures of a musical are the lyrics, especially when styled in the old-school Broadway mould. Take C’est moi from Camelot, the magnificent adaptation of the Arthurian legends by Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music). The song is sung by Lancelot, […]

Quixote, Werner Herzog and impossible dreams

December 25, 2017


Read the full article on Firstpost, here: I’m the kind of person who waits for TV series to run their course over seasons and then binge-watch them, so don’t ask me why I’m talking about The Newsroom now. I just got done, and am still basking in that warm, soapboxy glow that you get […]

The curious case of Kurosawa vs. Leone

December 18, 2017


Read the full article on Firstpost, here: Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (Bodyguard), set in the nineteenth century, opens with a shot of mountains looming in the distance. A man (Toshiro Mifune) enters from the right end of the frame. He takes a few steps till we see him clearly – only from the back, though, […]

The bare essentials of world cinema

December 12, 2017


Read the full article on Firstpost, here: Since the purpose of this series is to show world cinema can be fun – or to put it differently, to sex up world cinema – we’ll begin with a couple of nude scenes. The most stunning nude scene of all, in my book (or should I […]