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Pavan_D

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At the request of chaitu10 i'm starting this thread where i will post reviews, opinions and other interesting things from the movies i've seen.

Please feel free to contribute to this thread if you watch some film that captured your imagination or fascinated you in ways in you didn't imagine or any obscure film you wanted others to see.


First review. 

The Red Shoes (1948)- Dir. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger


A young ballerina who's only ambition in life is to dance gets caught up between unexpected things. Choosing between art and personal life is a difficult thing and it is well depicted. My only gripe is the over the top ending that sort of came at me rather swiftly. While it made sense plot wise, i'm afraid Powell & Pressburger didn't get the desired effect. At least the ending didn't work for me. The rest of it is pretty darn good. Beautifully shot in technicolor with great camera and optical effects for it's time. The ballet sequence with it's wonderful choreography was a treat to watch.

Foot notes- Technicolor is a cinematographic process used in early Hollywood color pictures. A split cube prism was used and light is exposed as it entered camera.. each with red, green and blue on separate black and white films. The separated prints were passed through their colored dyes. This is called a three strip process. These three film negatives are superimposed to produce a full color image.

This process is no longer used as it is very complex and time consuming. 
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Raise the Red Lantern (1991)- Dir. Zhang Yimou

A young woman who enters a wealthy man's household as his fourth wife, gets caught in it's customs and conflicts. Gong Li's character is pretty special here with it's three dimensional nature that's carefully written and executed. She gave an equally understated and memorable performance. I loved that we don't get a clear look at the master, reducing him to just a man who treats woman as robes he wears and discards and nothing much of value.

The film is also easy on eyes with it's splendid costumes, red lanterns and symmetrical framing. Zhang's masterful direction is full of visual cues that carries the movie forward and says things without having to utter a word.


Foot notesLanterns or Chinese lanterns are very much used in film making to achieve soft lighting. Useful for short films or low budget films where makers can't afford multiple diffusion setups.  
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The Last Emperor (1987)- Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci

From being crowned as the emperor of China in the Forbidden City to buying a ticket to visit it, this is a story of epic proportions. Empires fall and republics form but does people ever change? Bernardo Bertolucci hits this hard. It irked me that it was in English robbing of it's authenticity and some portions of the film felt like missed opportunities and thus i think Bertolucci fell short of making this a staggering epic for ages but still a movie that only a few can dream about making. Technically astounding with Storaro's wide variety of lighting patterns and colors, production design, costumes and hundreds of extras. A truly epic film and i'm a sucker for epic films even if they aren't perfect.

Foot notes-  This was the first western film allowed to shoot in the Forbidden City. 

Vittorio Storaro uses different colors represent diff stages of the emperor's life. From the vibrant reds and yellows during the childhood to the cold blues and greys in adulthood. 
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red lantern and last emperor are one of the finest movies on china anipistadi...
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and other Zhang Yimou films. His recent film Shadow kuda chala bagutuntundi. 
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and other Zhang Yimou films. His recent film Shadow kuda chala bagutuntundi. 
will check where its available... emana link vunda? 
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