Monday, September 18, 2006

Cinema Cinema

Anyone noticed a curious bit of dialogue in "Lage Raho Munnabhai"? The DJ character asks Munnabhai if he has ever lied in his life. The character responds, "only once, in 1992".

Cheeky.

But no, I was not all that impressed by the film. The first film was *way* superior.
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I was, however, more than "all that impressed" by Mike Nichols' "Wit", which I also saw over the weekend. Emma Thompson takes the (cliched) cancer patient role and turns it into something sublime and painfully funny. She co-wrote the screenplay. Harold Pinter appears in the film too. Much rock and roll.

After I've watched a good film, and my senses are still buzzing, I start hankering for another fix. So, post-"Wit", I felt like re-visiting the little town of Rimini. The film was "I Vitelloni". I didn't know De Sica was initially offered the role of the aging (gay) thespian in this lovely film.

Naturally, after such a terrific film, I wanted to watch another film, and pulled out Louis Malle's "Au Revoir Les Enfants". The Wife being all-too familiar with the symptoms of my terrible addiction, suggested we go for a drive, and we did.
Have you noticed how watching a Fellini film changes the outside world?

5 comments:

kundalini said...

i wasnt impressed by "lage raho" either. but try "pyar ke side effects". you wont be disappointed.

arun said...

u bet! the world becomes more colorful, yet somber! The charm of fellini is the way he blends flashiness in the yin and the yang...and more! Unique talent.

I think its time to revisit him!

Tabula Rasa said...

yeah, yeah. pkse rules!!

km said...

K, TR: Thanks, I will look up that film.

Arun: He was unique all right!

Falstaff said...

Ah, Wit. Incredible film that - though of course, I'm a sucker for all things Donne.