Monday, October 27, 2008

[lecture/screenings] All-Star Spectacular

Bangalore Film Society and Deep Focus Film Quarterly are proud to present

This weekend’s unmissable, unbeatable, unforgettable, undisputable classic All-Star Spectacular...

1) The man who ate 50 eggs.


2) 10 Things to do during a power cut in Mexico.


3) Loving Bollywood through the years and why we are head-over-heels for it and how we can proudly claim it as our own


4) Well... this, ladies and gentlemen, you have to see to believe.

Drumroll please............................

31st October 2008 Time: 6.30pm

Cool Hand Luke (127min/Color/USA/1967) Dir: Stuart Rosenberg

Tribute to the extraordinary Paul Newman (1925-2008)

Wayward, criminal, gambler, casual and serial saboteur of the municipality- Cool Hand Luke stands tall and against the sun on a glorious pedestal alongside mad-dog Randle McMurphy (Jack Nicholson, Once Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), cool-school Jim Stark (James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause) and biker-fury Johnny Strabler (Marlon Brando, The Wild One) as among the most iconic rebels in cinema. Imprisoned for randomly chopping off parking meters, Luke enters a cloistered, repressed world where certain fixed hierarchies loom- not just between the prisoners and the guards but among the prisoners themselves. These systems of control destroy not just the freedom of the body but the spirit and will of men. Luke rebels, first against his own cellmates and then raises the stakes by standing up against the guard Captain (who gave the world the famous quote, “What we have here is a problem to communicate”) on his own terms and rest assured, whatever the consequences, he’s not going to turn around and walk back. Stuart Rosenberg’s classic ‘Cool hand Luke’ is a powerful even poignant portrayal of a rebel against society and offered Paul Newman the role that he would claim as his ache-type- the reckless outsider of no fixed morals that the audience would not only identify with but come to love.

1st November, 2008 Time: 6.30pm

Duck Season (84min/B&W/Mexico/2004) Dir: Fernando Eimbcke

It was going to be a perfect idyllic Sunday for the fourteen year old boys Flama and Moko- an apartment with no grown-ups around, delicious pizzas on their way and no one and nothing to obstruct some prolonged quality time at the video game console, until of course, the electric supply conks out, thus effectively putting paid to all of their good ol’ Sunday plans. The crazy pizza delivery boy seems to be in no hurry to leave either and even the pretty girl-next-door turns up to do some baking. With nothing to distract them, the motley crew that assembles in the apartment are forced to reckon with each other and themselves as hidden emotions and stolen moments are brought to a boil by the blazing sun outside and the ennui within. With measured doses of quirk, comedy and pathos, Fernando Eimbcke’s inimitable debut was a revelation to critics and audiences in Mexico and across the globe drawing glowing comparisons to Jim Jarmusch and Wes Anderson and winning Special Jury Prize at the Paris Film Festival. His next feature ‘Lake Tahoe’ fulfilled the promise of ‘Duck Season’ by winning FIPRESCI prize at the Berlin Film Festival 2008.

2nd November 2008 Time: 6.30pm

‘The Meaning of Bollywood’ Lecture by MK Raghavendra

National Award winning Film Critic MK Raghavendra explores the language of Hindi mainstream cinema popularly known, loved and addressed in short-hand as BOLLYWOOD. Filmmakers appear to have been working by instinct but are there unwritten rules that they are actually following? What does this cinema mean overtly and covertly? The talk proposes to begin by identifying Hindi popular cinema's form and its conventions, going on thereafter to suggest a method to interpret it usefully so its role in India can be understood.

MK Raghavendra's book Seduced by the Familiar:Narration and Meaning in Indian Popular Cinema, published by Oxford University Press is just out

Time: 7.30pm

Toby Dammit (50min/Color/France/ 1968) Dir: Federico Fellini

Edgar Alan Poe- the master of macabre, whose pen has turned into prose and described vividly so many of our deepest fears and nightmares. Federico Fellini- an auteur of the fantastic whose films inhabit an exotic labyrinth world of dreams and carnivals. Terence Stamp- eccentric thespian, noted recluse who spent the best years of his life in an ashram and an actor who when he is at his best (as he is in Toby Dammit) seems to be in the grip of some strange dark force. If you haven’t seen the film, you cannot imagine the fury, nor can one begin to describe. A scathing critique of cinema and its idols… a hallucinatory hypnotic spectacle… the story of a man losing his mind and soul as he zips through the maze of a night in a golden Ferrari seeking redemption but finding none……………….

Venue: Ashirvad, 30, St. Mark's Road cross, Op. State Bank of India

Tel: 2549 2774/ 2549 3705/ 9886213516

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