5 items from 2013
From its opening montage of a young rustic girl watching her callous husband bring home another wife, to the dying moments when the woman, now in her twilight years, is taken away to the relative comfort of her foster-son’s home as the festivities of Durga Puja break out on the streets of Kolkata… Amar Prem is a glorious homage to that favourite Bollywood archetype: the golden-hearted prostitute.
That Sharmila Tagore plays the woman whom men of all ages gravitate to in pursuit of some heavy duty nurturing is a very happy situation for the screenplay. In the film a 7-year old boy and a 30-plus man both desire the same kind of emotional attention from her.This prostitute is not about sex. She is about soul. Sharmila brings to this timeless adaptation of Bibhutibushan Bandhopaddhyay’s story, a kind of simpering beauty that levitates the lyricism of the tragic »
- Subhash K Jha
Above: 1979 Hungarian poster for 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA, 1968); Designer: unknown.
When I started the Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr almost two years ago to augment my weekly poster essays here, I thought I might well run out of great posters to post daily after a year or so. But the deeper I dig the more gems I seem to unearth and the more popular the site seems to become (nearly a quarter of a million followers to date).
I’ve been posting these Best Of round-ups every six months (see parts one, two and three) but I’ve found so much good stuff lately that I feel the urge to do these four times a year instead of twice. As usual I’m using the very unscientific method of number of likes and reblogs to judge a poster’s popularity, but it does tend to »
- Adrian Curry
BFI London is about to begin a two month long Satyajit Ray season. Starting on the 14th of August 2013, Dr Manishita Dass of Royal Holloway will host an introductory talk that will not only discuss Ray’s films but ‘explore the lesser-known links between his filmmaking and his career as a writer and a commercial artist’ (BFI).
Born in 1921, Calcutta, Ray is regarded as one of the most prolific film makers of the world. He achieved numerous awards, including the Bharat Ratna , the highest civilian award from the Indian Government, an honorary doctorate by Oxford University and 32 National Film Awards by the Government of India. His very first film Pather Panchali alone won 11 international awards.
- Aashi Gahlot
The British Film Institute (BFI) is hosting a special two-month Satyajit Ray season, the first of which will be held in August. Ray’s films will be screened throughout the month in London, in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Ray received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement-just before his death in Calcutta-in 1992.
The films to be screened as part of Ray season in August are Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Mahanagar, Jalsaghar, Apur Sansar, Devi, Teen Kanya, Charulata, Kanchenjungha, Nayak, Kapurush, Chiriakhana, Abhijan and Parash Pathar.
Google is celebrating Satyajit Ray’s 92nd birth anniversary with a special doodle depicting the famous train scene from Pather Panchali, his most famous debut film from the Apu Trilogy. The film won an award for the Best Human Document at the Cannes film festival in 1956.
Ray, the most critically acclaimed Indian filmmaker, was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 1992 “For his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures and for his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world”.
5 items from 2013
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