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The Hustler (1961)
American director Robert Rossen made a film about a theme that was close to his heart.
American film "The Hustler" features too many hustlers for whom winning is everything.They are so determined to win all their games that neither night not days matters to them.It is the incessant playing of the ball game which reveal their true selves.However,it is Eddie Felson played by Paul Newman who ends up outsmarting himself due to his excessive passion for pool.As far as this film is concerned, there is a lot to learn and watch for the lovers of the game.One can simply marvel at the manner in which both actors Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason play their pool shots.One would be doing tremendous damage to 'The Hustler' as a serious film by declining to comment on the way it transforms itself from a sports flick into a serious one.It achieves that effect by depicting a different ball game involving human feelings to be found in society especially in a relationship between a man and a woman.A lot of 'Sports' films who have won both critical as well as commercial acclaim have been made in Hollywood but 'The Hustler' would remain the most elegant sports film which portrayed that a player should also give equal importance to life which is found outside the game.
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Legendary actress Marilyn Monroe plays a minor role in this American heist classic directed by John Huston.
One quick look at director John Huston's career as a director would enable viewers to ascertain that "The Asphalt Jungle" was a minor work in his illustriously long cinematographic career.He is best remembered for two great successes with superstar Humphrey Bogart namely 'The Maltese Falcon' and 'The treasure of the Sierra Madre'.By virtue of being one of the most important American heist film, The Asphalt Jungle is one film which can neither be ignored nor neglected by both critics and viewers whenever one speaks about its association with John Huston.This was also the film with which legendary American actress Marilyn Monroe was associated.She plays an interesting albeit minor role as a young lady who lies in order to save her married lover from an impending prison sentence.'The Asphalt Jungle' provides simple viewing pleasure to its audiences as everything has been told in a prosaic manner.Its actors have done justice to their roles but it becomes an ordinary film as there is no scope for any intrigue. Lastly, "The Asphalt Jungle" may not be voted as the best heist film in the world but it can surely be considered best heist film ever produced by a Hollywood studio.There are not many who would protest when somebody reveals that Jules Dassin's Rififi can rightly be called one of the best heist film ever made in the world.
La dentellière (1977)
Swiss director Claude Goretta films a tender relationship that was doomed to failure.
Class differences are extremely detrimental to human relationships especially to relationships which involve love between a man and a woman.However hard one may try,one cannot really get rid of class differences in daily lives.Swiss film 'The Lacemaker' is sincere in its depiction of a tender love affair which was bound to fail from its inception.Based on a Goncourt prize winning novel by Pascal Lainé, 'La Dentellière' reveals actress Isabelle Huppert in one of the most sensible roles of her acting career.It is with great confidence and ease that she plays the role of a shy woman who is not too enthusiastic about getting into relationships with men.However,a chance meeting with an intelligent boy changes her life for good.La Dentellière succeeds as it depicts how vulnerable some women can be.It is neither anti women nor pro men but it has something for intelligent viewers who would like to be impartial judges of male female relationships.Those who have deep knowledge of French cinema would not fail in recognizing young actress Sabine Azéma playing a minor role.
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu enables us to watch theater from a different perspective.
Cinema and theater are two different arts which provide entertainment to audiences.While the former provides thrills for the heart,it is the latter which provides sensible food for thought to be consumed by the mind.It is the actors who end up being a common link for these two arts as they use their talents to provide thrills as well as something intelligible for the viewers.This difference continues to exist in most places.It is for this reason that it is believed that true actors do theater and celebrities work in movies.It is in a very realistic manner that American film 'Birdman' tackles the issue of theater in cinema. What makes this Alejandro González Iñárritu film special is the manner in which he chose some of American cinema's leading stars to pontificate about theater.As a film full of surprises,Birdman reminds us that being unique is the hardest thing to do in a world ruled by technology. This is exactly something experienced by our eponymous hero whose naiveté induces him to remain ignorant of social networks.An artist is so great an enigma that no other artist can unravel his/her inner feelings.This is one aspect of actors all viewers see in 'Birdman'. Lastly,'Birdman' is an honest film which allows its actors to reveal their true identities.
Abbas Kiarostami,Ermanno Olmi and Ken Loach team up to depict their visions on human strengths and weaknesses !!!!
The image of trains come to mind when one is talking about the most annoying means of transport.This has a lot to do with the fact that one cannot travel in trains without being disturbed by other passengers.This can be true about other means of transport such as airplane,bus or ship.However,there are enough damage control mechanisms on these modes of transport which enable passengers to face minimum amount of disturbance.No mechanism for eliminating disturbance can be found on trains as they are the cheapest means of transport.For this reason, traveling by trains is like inviting trouble before,during and after the journey.Trouble is also something one can find in abundance in 'Tickets' directed by three giants of three different film producing countries.They have directed three stories where viewers can experience longing for love,compassion and indifference.Lastly,'Tickets' would turn out to be a good learning experience for all those viewers who combine entertainment with a serious message.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Director John Hughes directs average Americans who would use any mode of transport to be closer to their families.
The focus on family, family life and family virtues are the principal factors for the success of many American films. These films succeed enormously as they are watched by all members of the family. For director John Hughes, 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' was a new creative experience as he moved away from the depiction of themes of teenagers which was present in his older films. Although the essence of the film is to be found in its apt title, viewers should watch this film in order to experience some 'over the top' comic performances by actors Steve Martin and John Candy. These actors challenge the very notion of privacy for which America is known. It is as if one has to listen to whatever the other person is saying no matter however boring it might be. The idea of male bonding is depicted with all earnestness as it takes more than mere interest in each other's personality to appreciate somebody who is just different. Travelling is fun when one makes wise use of all available means of transport. However, it is going to become more memorable when one doesn't travel alone. This seems to be the motto of this film which doesn't have any boring moments.
The Third Man (1949)
Director Carol Reed's "The Third Man" is a perfect film with a great story and some fine performances by its cast.
By making 'The Third Man', director Carol Reed has created an intelligent film wherein suspense is maintained until the very end. It is for this reason that acclaimed writer Graham Greene gave full freedom to his creative imagination by creating a character who belonged to the world of literature. It is the writer who emerges as the ultimate hero of the film by sacrificing his friendship for the greater glory of humanity. British film 'The Third Man' revived the sordid atmosphere of wartime Vienna where the growth of black market gave rise to various criminal activities. It was a time which witnessed an absolute dearth of ethical practices in business as black marketers chose to earn huge sums of money by using unfair means. This resulted in the death of many innocent people especially young children. Most leading actors of the post war period have left their mark on the film namely Orson Welles, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard and Joseph Cotton.
A simple idea about housing problems in France has been elaborated by director Etienne Chatiliez with comic results.
Most young people lead a tough life in France. They are expected to leave their houses as soon as they have turned 16. For many, this is the start of a harrowing experience as they are not in a position to afford decent houses. A lot of these young men and women end up having immense financial problems too. For example : one can see young people shack up in maid's quarters called 'Chambre De Bonne'. Some of these young people are lucky to receive emotional as well as financial support from their parents. However, there are also many who do not enjoy this privilege. This social phenomenon forms the backdrop of a comedy film directed by French director Etienne Chatiliez. It depicts the life of a young admirer of Asian culture 'Tanguy" whose parents want to chase him from their house at all costs. Disguised as a comedy, Etienne Chatiliez's 'Tanguy" is for all sections of the society. Apart from drama, it has numerous elements of Asian culture as some portions of it were shot on location in China. In current times China and France enjoy strong sentiments of mutual appreciation. As a film 'Tanguy' must be viewed from an inter cultural perspective which allows people to respect each other's cultures, lives and tradition. This is precisely what is going to happen to the viewers of this film.
Le vélo de Ghislain Lambert (2001)
Philippe Harel directs a film about a loser who emerges as a true hero !!!!
Ghislain Lambert's Bicycle is not a simple film about cycling.It is a film about one of the life's little heroes who does not give up.Although there are numerous references to lives of cyclists and races,there is no documentary footage in the film.Director Philippe Harel has presented his film as a work of fiction with numerous intelligent episodes involving Ghislain,his brother,his friends and his wife.If the current generation is aware of cycling and its exploits then it might be due to the popularity of American cyclist Lance Armstrong.He brought so much glory to the sport.However,it was a different story in seventies.It was a time when Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx was the true king of cycling.This was also the time when our eponymous hero Ghislain Lambert started to pedal.However,he was not able to achieve fame and glory as achieved by Eddy.This did not deter him to marry the girl of his choice and have children.Lastly, if a viewer is looking for a nice film about sports,one need not travel far as 'Le vélo de Ghislain Lambert' is a perfect choice which fluctuates between comedy and drama.
Mannen på taket (1976)
Bo Widerberg directs a thriller about how a man ended up being on the roof to terrorize inhabitants of Stockholm !!!!!
The popularity which crime fiction writers namely Stieg Larsson and Håkan Nesser enjoy in current times has enabled book readers to consider Sweden from a different perspective.Their books allow people to be able to imagine that despite an excellent welfare state Sweden has a lot of social problems.In the past,criminal tendencies in Sweden were described in gory details by writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö.It is their writings which form the back drop of Swedish film 'Man on the roof'.For a national cinema closely associated with Bergman's dark dramas,'Mannen På Taket' presents a completely different facet of Swedish cinema.It is a thriller which spoke about corrupt policemen hell bent on giving a bad name to their police force.Bo Widerberg gives equal attention to drama as well as thriller elements.The result is an intelligent thriller which enables its viewers to ascertain why some policemen are able to cross lines which are supposed to be judged by them.Admirers of action cinema need to be reminded that their theme makes its appearance in the second half of the film as the first half has been reserved for the through investigation of a brutal murder.