Nasreen Munni Kabir
Writer/docuemntary filmmaker on Hindi film
|MR AND MRS '55
|Singin' in the Rain
|Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
|The Third Man
|Lawrence of Arabia
|A Man Escaped
MR AND MRS '55
Though the film has a dubious attitude towards women, the film is very much of its time and is beautifully written. Comedy and satire in Indian cinema are often treated in an exaggerated and unfunny way, this is a rare exception. Great performances by Madhubala, Johnny Walker and Guru Dutt.
Regarded as Guru Dutt's greatest work, the film's sensitivity shines through its songs and shot taking. Full of fine Urdu poetry and sophistication with performances by Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman and Johnny Walker that remain in your memory forever.
A majestic melodrama that changed the course of Hindi cinema in the early 50s. Brilliant performances
by Dilip Kumar, Nargis and Raj Kapoor. Director Mehboob Khan was years ahead in his vision and masterly storytelling.
Singin' in the Rain
A mood changer! Wonderful depiction of the transition between the silent era and the talkies. Moments of this film are etched forever on one's mind.
The Third Man
Creates a world all its own with layers of mystery. First appearance of Harry Lime has not been beaten by any other character entry scene — the lighting, the music and Orson Welles's knowing expression...wow!
Nargis steals the show in this Hindi cinema classic. Mehboob mastered large canvas with intimate family drama. Songs work like chapter heading, announcing a new turn/phase in the heroine's life. Majestic film.
Lawrence of Arabia
Brilliant characterisations. Balance between the epic, yet never losing sight of characterisation, a superb achievement. Even though I have seen it many times, once it starts, am compelled to see it to the end. A monumental work of cinema. Also makes one think — what is the most important aspect of film, the mise en scene etc or the performance?
Mesmerising. Watching it feels like being a witness to something on another plane. Everything in it is of one world. Bresson a unique master.
A Man Escaped
A lesson in the stillness of internal life while driven to a goal in the exterior.
Brilliant performances and music. Use of black and white in the era of colour is one of the great strengths of the film — so little left to say about Hitchcock and his unique voice.