Lights! Camera! Re-Action! · Talking about Talkies

Lights! Camera! Re-Action!Talking about Talkies

“A film should be like a stone in your shoe”

-Lars Von Trier

And rightfully so! A film is the mass media that uses visual and auditory stimulus at once and impacts the audience greatly. Films should have the plot and the story and the message that makes people think.

So! Let us talk about films. I know this is primarily a book blog, but now I am starting to ramble on some films that I have been watching for sometimes. And I will be mostly focusing on Indian films.

Do you know about New Wave? In a nutshell, New Wave is a phenomenon in world cinema. Started in Italy as Italian Neorealism, it influenced many people from different countries and produced some of the best films and introduced some best filmmakers to the world. Bicycle Thieves by Vittorio De Sica is the most renowned Italian Neorealist film ever.

A still from Bicycle Thieves by Vittorio De Sica
PC: Google

In India, however, New Wave took its time to arrive. When everyone talks about Indian films, they mostly talk about Bollywood masala films- the stories of unrequited love among aristocrat families, sudden dance sequences in foreign locations and other cliches. But some films speak about real people with real problems and miseries and with some messages that are often overlooked. Not many people know about those films. These films are usually called, “Art Films” or sometimes, “Parallel Cinema”.

Satyajit Ray
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When we talk about Indian parallel cinema, the three names come into our minds. Three stalwart directors you must know if you are studying Film as a discourse. Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen- the Golden Trio. Satyajit Ray was inspired to by Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di Biciclette) to make the Oscar-winning works, his masterpieces “Apu Trilogy”.

Ritwik Ghatak
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As the three stalwarts opened the doors for parallel films, there are some films made and are still being made that might go to the Cannes Film Festival but are not very popular to the general audience. Let us talk about those films and give some recognition where it is due.

Mrinal Sen
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“Lights! Camera! Re-Action” will be a series following the, occasionally posted on my blog. I will not call these reviews per se but more like my feelings and afterthoughts for the film.

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