Thursday, June 19, 2008

La Strada -- Fellini's subtle textures on human character

I recently saw this old 1954 classic by Italian master Frederico Fellini -- and was moved by the story, the ability to depict human follies and layers of character. La Strada (The Road) is a black-and-white wonder that moves like a play, with not much of the razmatazz of the celluloid world, but has a haunting quality. More on the film, which won the Oscar for the Best Foreign Film in 1956 here and a bit more on the film's theme.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mere Apne -- A classic that made Gulzar and a host of stars

I remember Mere Apne not only for its music by Salil Choudhury, but also for the lyrics and script that got Gulzar started. The movie must go down in history as a classic that spawned future stars: Vinod Khanna, Dinesh Thakur, Shatrughan Sinha and Danny Denzongpa