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  • 12/01/10--08:40: Humraaz (1967)
  • I watched two old Hindi films last week, both with a love triangle—of sorts—as a central plot element. The first film, Saheli (Pradeep Kumar-Kalpana-Vijaya Choudhary) was an indifferent, predictable, forgettable flick which crescendoed into high melodrama. This one, a rewatch, makes for more satisfying reviewing, since the story is more interesting, the cast is better—barring [...]

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    Sunil Dutt in HumraazSunil Dutt in Humraaz

    Rajesh and Meena fall in love in DarjeelingRajesh and Meena fall in love in Darjeeling

    Mr Verma speaks out against having an army officer as a son-in-lawMr Verma speaks out against having an army officer as a son-in-law

    Meena 'confesses' to her fatherMeena 'confesses' to her father

    Meena is told that her baby was stillbornMeena is told that her baby was stillborn

    Kumar woos Meena...Kumar woos Meena...

    ... and, onstage, is Romeo to Shabnam's Juliet... and, onstage, is Romeo to Shabnam's Juliet

    A deathbed confessionA deathbed confession

    Meena goes to the orphanage and meets SarikaMeena goes to the orphanage and meets Sarika

    Meena and Sarika grow very fond of each otherMeena and Sarika grow very fond of each other

    Tejpal arranges to adopt SarikaTejpal arranges to adopt Sarika

    An unexpected meeting, one New Year's EveAn unexpected meeting, one New Year's Eve

    Kumar gets a nasty shockKumar gets a nasty shock

    Kumar dons a disguise...Kumar dons a disguise...

    ... and finds a dead wife... and finds a dead wife

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  • 12/06/10--19:57: The Crimson Kimono (1959)
  • Every time I’ve reviewed an old Hollywood film (come to think of it, any old film) that either deals with racism or has tones—overt or covert—of racism, I’ve ended up being reminded of The Crimson Kimono. Invariably, I’ve noticed, to the advantage of The Crimson Kimono. It was time, I decided, to publicise this little-known [...]

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    Victoria Shaw and James Shigeta in The Crimson KimonoVictoria Shaw and James Shigeta in The Crimson Kimono

    Sugar Torch comes backstage after her actSugar Torch comes backstage after her act

    ... and ends up chased by a murderer... and ends up chased by a murderer

    Introducing Joe and CharlieIntroducing Joe and Charlie

    Sugar Torch's manager tells the cops about the new routineSugar Torch's manager tells the cops about the new routine

    Charlie has a chat with Mac...Charlie has a chat with Mac...

    ... and meets Chris... and meets Chris

    Joe and Charlie get hold of ShutoJoe and Charlie get hold of Shuto

    Charlie confides in JoeCharlie confides in Joe

    Chris moves in - and Mac comes to chaperoneChris moves in - and Mac comes to chaperone

    Joe and Chris fall in loveJoe and Chris fall in love

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  • 12/15/10--03:47: Albela (1951)
  • The last time I visited my parents, my father lent me a couple of DVDs—old Hindi films (whose pa is he anyway?!) which he particularly likes. One was Ratan, which I’ve yet to see; the other was this. “Bhagwaan is hard to accept as a hero,” my father said. “But the music is C Ramchandra [...]

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    Geeta Bali in AlbelaGeeta Bali in Albela

    Pyarelal's family: bhabhi, father, brother and motherPyarelal's family: bhabhi, father, brother and mother

    Bimla sings to her beloved bhaiyaBimla sings to her beloved bhaiya

    The boss fires PyarelalThe boss fires Pyarelal

    Pyarelal's mother tries to stop him leaving homePyarelal's mother tries to stop him leaving home

    Pyarelal meets the theatre manager - but with no luckPyarelal meets the theatre manager - but with no luck

    Pyarelal begs Asha for a jobPyarelal begs Asha for a job

    An impromptu performance in the kitchenAn impromptu performance in the kitchen

    Asha falls in loveAsha falls in love

    The family's savings are stolen...The family's savings are stolen...

    ... and Bimla's wedding gets called off... and Bimla's wedding gets called off

    The mother falls illThe mother falls ill

    A not-easy-to-stomach heroA not-easy-to-stomach hero

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  • 12/28/10--01:50: Munimji (1955)
  • It has been a sad year for us lovers of classic cinema. After the passing away of Spanish filmmaker Berlanga, I’d hoped December would pass in the usual round of festivities, punctuated perhaps with a couple of posts on some Christmas-themed old films, or a list of ten songs with which to usher in the [...]

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    Nalini JaywantNalini Jaywant

    Nalini Jaywant in MunimjiNalini Jaywant in Munimji

    Bela and the Kala GhodaBela and the Kala Ghoda

    Amar is rebuffed repeatedly by MaltiAmar is rebuffed repeatedly by Malti

    Ramlal and the Captain promise their children to each otherRamlal and the Captain promise their children to each other

    Malti's plea goes unheededMalti's plea goes unheeded

    Amar and Ratan grow upAmar and Ratan grow up

    Malti favours Ratan over Amar, even to the point of idiocyMalti favours Ratan over Amar, even to the point of idiocy

    Roopa encounters the munimji and is contemptuousRoopa encounters the munimji and is contemptuous

    Roopa meets an attractive strangerRoopa meets an attractive stranger

    Roopa meets Raj at the card tableRoopa meets Raj at the card table

    Raj and Roopa admit their love for each otherRaj and Roopa admit their love for each other

    Malti uses emotional blackmail to get Amar to give up RoopaMalti uses emotional blackmail to get Amar to give up Roopa

    The shabby munimji...The shabby munimji...

    ...who is actually the handsome Raj...who is actually the handsome Raj

    Nalini Jaywant with Dev Anand in MunimjiNalini Jaywant with Dev Anand in Munimji

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  • 12/31/10--08:41: A Shot in the Dark (1964)
  • One final tribute on which to end the year: a goodbye to another of the many luminaries who made our films of yesteryears what they were. This time, I’m remembering Blake Edwards, the writer, director and producer who made such varied films as Operation Petticoat, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Great Race, Victor Victoria and the [...]

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    Blake EdwardsBlake Edwards

    Clouseau and his boss, Commissioner DreyfusClouseau and his boss, Commissioner Dreyfus

    A busy night at the Chateau BallonA busy night at the Chateau Ballon

    Clouseau meets Maurice...Clouseau meets Maurice...

    ... and Maria Gambrelli... and Maria Gambrelli

    Dreyfus is pressured to return Clouseau to the caseDreyfus is pressured to return Clouseau to the case

    Clouseau discusses the Gambrelli case with HerculeClouseau discusses the Gambrelli case with Hercule

    Clouseau follows a released Maria Gambrelli...Clouseau follows a released Maria Gambrelli...

    ... and ends up getting arrested... and ends up getting arrested

    Maria Gambrelli - and yet another murderMaria Gambrelli - and yet another murder

    Clouseau on the trailClouseau on the trail

    Peter Sellers and Burt Kwouk in A Shot in the DarkPeter Sellers and Burt Kwouk in A Shot in the Dark

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  • 01/07/11--21:05: Baghdad ka Jaadoo (1956)
  • Happy birthday to me. And happy birthday to Fearless Nadia. Yes, Mary Evans—better known as Fearless Nadia, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed, feisty stuntwoman who took the Hindi silverscreen by storm in the 1930’s—was born on January 8, 1908 in Perth. And, though I may be small fry, at least I share my birthday with some interesting [...]

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    Fearless Nadia in Baghdad ka JaadooFearless Nadia in Baghdad ka Jaadoo

    The gypsies find a tent out in the openThe gypsies find a tent out in the open

    The gypsy saves the babyThe gypsy saves the baby

    The baby's father appearsThe baby's father appears

    The gypsy runs off with the babyThe gypsy runs off with the baby

    Yasmina as a teenagerYasmina as a teenager

    ... and as an adult, with Salim... and as an adult, with Salim

    Yasmina rejects QasimYasmina rejects Qasim

    ...in favour of Salim...in favour of Salim

    Qasim vents his anger by cribbing to his sisterQasim vents his anger by cribbing to his sister

    Yasmina's foster father 'confesses' to SalimYasmina's foster father 'confesses' to Salim

    The Khalifa takes some important decisionsThe Khalifa takes some important decisions

    The princess hears a prophecyThe princess hears a prophecy

    Yasmina raises hell in the Khalifa's palaceYasmina raises hell in the Khalifa's palace

    The princess is robbed while travelling in her palanquinThe princess is robbed while travelling in her palanquin

    All that lovely jewellery...All that lovely jewellery...

    Yasmina and gang hatch a plotYasmina and gang hatch a plot

    The princess falls in loveThe princess falls in love

    The Khalifa is poisonedThe Khalifa is poisoned

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    A little over a month ago, when I reviewed Humraaz, one thing (among the many) that I liked about the film was the music, one of the few soundtracks dominated by Mahendra Kapoor. Praise for Mahendra Kapoor drew mixed reactions: he’s underrated, he shouts, he’s good only for Punjabi songs, he’s versatile… therefore, this post, [...]

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    Mahendra KapoorMahendra Kapoor

    Tum agar saath dene ka vaada karo, from HumraazTum agar saath dene ka vaada karo, from Humraaz

    Laakhon hain yahaan dilwaale, from KismatLaakhon hain yahaan dilwaale, from Kismat

    Sikandar ne Porus se ki thhi ladaai, from AnpadhSikandar ne Porus se ki thhi ladaai, from Anpadh

    Mere desh ki dharti, from UpkaarMere desh ki dharti, from Upkaar

    Chhodkar tere pyaar ka daaman, from Woh Kaun Thi?Chhodkar tere pyaar ka daaman, from Woh Kaun Thi?

    Muddat se tamannaaon ka sila, from KaajalMuddat se tamannaaon ka sila, from Kaajal

    Badal jaaye agar maali, from Bahaarein Phir Bhi AayengiBadal jaaye agar maali, from Bahaarein Phir Bhi Aayengi

    Hum jab simatke aapki baahon mein, from WaqtHum jab simatke aapki baahon mein, from Waqt

    Mera rang de basanti chola, from ShaheedMera rang de basanti chola, from Shaheed

    Yeh hawa yeh fizaa, from GumraahYeh hawa yeh fizaa, from Gumraah

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  • 01/17/11--01:37: Birthday Happiness
  • I’ve had a very enjoyable weekend. I watched two films, The Green Hornet and Anne of the Indies (the former better than reviews made it out to be). I dined at one of Delhi’s best French restaurants. And I bought birthday gifts for myself. Before you start thinking I’m woefully unloved, let me clarify: my [...]

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    Film still - possibly Shashikala?Film still - possibly Shashikala?

    Premnath and Smriti Biswas in Abe-HayatPremnath and Smriti Biswas in Abe-Hayat

    Talat Mahmood in WaarisTalat Mahmood in Waaris

    Sanjeev Kumar in Gustakhi MaafSanjeev Kumar in Gustakhi Maaf

    Fearless Nadia in 11 O'clockFearless Nadia in 11 O'clock

    Helen in Dr VidyaHelen in Dr Vidya

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  • 01/19/11--01:42: Anne of the Indies (1951)
  • What with having watched the Fearless Nadia-starrer Baghdad ka Jaadoo (‘Magic of Baghdad’) the other day, I was in the mood for more swashbuckling ladies. This film, starring Jean Peters as a pirate, seemed—at first glance—to fit the bill. It turned, or so it appeared, well-loved pirate film clichés on their heads: the pirate is [...]

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    Jean Peters in and as Anne of the IndiesJean Peters in and as Anne of the Indies

    Anne captures an English vessel and puts its captain to deathAnne captures an English vessel and puts its captain to death

    Anne's mentor and foster-father, BlackbeardAnne's mentor and foster-father, Blackbeard

    Dr Jameson and Red DougalDr Jameson and Red Dougal

    Anne captures Pierre FrancoisAnne captures Pierre Francois

    Pierre shows a reluctance to meet BlackbeardPierre shows a reluctance to meet Blackbeard

    Blackbeard meets Pierre in NassauBlackbeard meets Pierre in Nassau

    Dr Jameson finds a mapDr Jameson finds a map

    The map to Henry Morgan's treasureThe map to Henry Morgan's treasure

    Anne gets the truth out of PierreAnne gets the truth out of Pierre

    Love bloomsLove blooms

    Blackbeard accuses Pierre...Blackbeard accuses Pierre...

    ...but Anne believes Pierre's defence of himself...but Anne believes Pierre's defence of himself

    A fight erupts between Anne and BlackbeardA fight erupts between Anne and Blackbeard

    A fond farewell...A fond farewell...

    ... and an even fonder welcome... and an even fonder welcome

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  • 01/24/11--03:07: Pyaar ka Sapna (1969)
  • The buy-a-film-because-of-a-song bug bites again. I’ve had this happen to me umpteen times, and the symptoms are invariably the same: I remember hearing a lovely song (generally back in the long-ago days of my childhood), and I think, if the music is so fabulous, what must the film be like? (Yes, a nincompoop’s logic, but [...]

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    Biswajeet and Mala Sinha in Pyaar ka SapnaBiswajeet and Mala Sinha in Pyaar ka Sapna

    Jwala Prasad is impressed with SudhaJwala Prasad is impressed with Sudha

    Sudha's mother accepts a proposal for SudhaSudha's mother accepts a proposal for Sudha

    Jwala Prasad drops a bombshellJwala Prasad drops a bombshell

    ... and blackmails Ramesh into agreeing... and blackmails Ramesh into agreeing

    Ramesh leaves Sudha with a letter and a brief talkRamesh leaves Sudha with a letter and a brief talk

    A neighbour is nasty and insinuatingA neighbour is nasty and insinuating

    Jwala Prasad throws his weight about - as usualJwala Prasad throws his weight about - as usual

    Sudha decides to get off the train at nightSudha decides to get off the train at night

    Shankarnath goes to meet Jwala PrasadShankarnath goes to meet Jwala Prasad

    ... and tells him an old story about his own life... and tells him an old story about his own life

    Sudha metamorphs into SushmaSudha metamorphs into Sushma

    Sudha is persuaded to go to LondonSudha is persuaded to go to London

    Ramesh makes friends with GupteRamesh makes friends with Gupte

    ... and is introduced to Jenny... and is introduced to Jenny

    Ramesh and Jenny spend time togetherRamesh and Jenny spend time together

    Sudha comes to London to stay with 'Malhotra Uncle'Sudha comes to London to stay with 'Malhotra Uncle'

    Romance blossomsRomance blossoms

    Mala Sinha in Pyaar ka SapnaMala Sinha in Pyaar ka Sapna

    Helen in Pyaar ka SapnaHelen in Pyaar ka Sapna

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  • 01/30/11--22:39: Chiriakhana (1967)
  • Sharmi has been reviewing one brilliant Bengali film after the other over at her blog. I ended up begging her to slow down, because I can’t possibly keep pace when it comes to obtaining—with subtitles, mind you—and watching so many great films. So what do I do? I watch and review a Bengali film of [...]

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    Uttam Kumar as Byomkesh Bakshi in ChiriakhanaUttam Kumar as Byomkesh Bakshi in Chiriakhana

    Nishanath Sen retires as a judgeNishanath Sen retires as a judge

    Byomkesh's bachelor padByomkesh's bachelor pad

    Mr Sen talks about a song from a filmMr Sen talks about a song from a film

    ... and commissions Byomkesh... and commissions Byomkesh

    Sunayana sings Bhalobashar tumi ki jaanoSunayana sings Bhalobashar tumi ki jaano

    Ramen Mullick reveals Sunayana's sordid pastRamen Mullick reveals Sunayana's sordid past

    Damayanti, Nishanath Sen's wifeDamayanti, Nishanath Sen's wife

    Bijoy, his nephewBijoy, his nephew

    PanugopalPanugopal

    RashiklalRashiklal

    Nepal GuptaNepal Gupta

    His daughter, MukulHis daughter, Mukul

    Banalakshmi, of the sad pastBanalakshmi, of the sad past

    Dr Das, the disgraced physicianDr Das, the disgraced physician

    Brajadas, the jailbird turned VaishnaviteBrajadas, the jailbird turned Vaishnavite

    Mushkil MianMushkil Mian

    And his wife, Najar BibiAnd his wife, Najar Bibi

    Byomkesh begins an investigationByomkesh begins an investigation

    Uttam Kumar as Byomkesh BakshiUttam Kumar as Byomkesh Bakshi

    Byomkesh disguised as the Japanese, OkakuraByomkesh disguised as the Japanese, Okakura

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  • 02/04/11--09:02: Naujawan (1951)
  • My introduction to this film occurred when I was perhaps 12 years old. At the time, my sister and I relied mainly on Doordarshan–India’s sole TV channel way back then–for entertainment. A half-hour programme of Hindi film songs called Chitrahaar used to be among our favourite programmes. One day, on Chitrahaar, we saw Thandi hawaaein [...]

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    Premnath in NaujawanPremnath in Naujawan

    Premnath and Nalini Jaywant in NaujawanPremnath and Nalini Jaywant in Naujawan

    Shyama is jiltedShyama is jilted

    Kishore and his father get ready for the engagementKishore and his father get ready for the engagement

    ... and Kamla's father throws his weight around... and Kamla's father throws his weight around

    Bimla and Kamla cook up a storyBimla and Kamla cook up a story

    Kamla's father sets a deadlineKamla's father sets a deadline

    Bimla does some thinkingBimla does some thinking

    Kamla is dupedKamla is duped

    Kamla encounters a fervent admirerKamla encounters a fervent admirer

    Raju takes Kamla home to dry offRaju takes Kamla home to dry off

    ... and a romance blossoms... and a romance blossoms

    Kamla makes her getawayKamla makes her getaway

    Kamla tells her father she doesn't know RajuKamla tells her father she doesn't know Raju

    A confrontation...A confrontation...

    ... and its many moods... and its many moods

    Enter Raj Kumar SaxenaEnter Raj Kumar Saxena

    Premnath and Nalini Jaywant in NaujawanPremnath and Nalini Jaywant in Naujawan

    Nalini Jaywant in NaujawanNalini Jaywant in Naujawan

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    I’d meant to review this film in time for Lana Turner’s birthday on February 8. But other things kept me busy, and what with trying to meet a deadline for my novel and write a short story before I lose the thread of it and watch an irresistible film (The Black Rose) which I’d just [...]

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    Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings TwiceLana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice

    Cora works at Twin OaksCora works at Twin Oaks

    Frank arrives at Twin Oaks, seeing the Man Wanted signFrank arrives at Twin Oaks, seeing the Man Wanted sign

    The main reason for Frank accepting the jobThe main reason for Frank accepting the job

    An oblivious Nick - and an enamoured Frank and CoraAn oblivious Nick - and an enamoured Frank and Cora

    A running away that doesn't quite work outA running away that doesn't quite work out

    Cora hatches a plan to murder NickCora hatches a plan to murder Nick

    A botched plan - and an undead victimA botched plan - and an undead victim

    Nick gains consciousness - but can't remember what happenedNick gains consciousness - but can't remember what happened

    Nick runs into Frank in LANick runs into Frank in LA

    Nick breaks it to CoraNick breaks it to Cora

    Cora takes a decision, once and for allCora takes a decision, once and for all

    Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings TwiceLana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice

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    Nothing as expensive as what I bought myself for my birthday, but yes, I’ve just acquired something I really like. Last Sunday, I visited Indipex, the International Philatelic Exhibition, currently being held at Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. Not because I’m especially interested in stamps, but because besides the auctions and the exhibitions and the sales of [...]

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    The stamps bookletThe stamps booklet

    The Madhubala stamp, released 2008, re-released 2011The Madhubala stamp, released 2008, re-released 2011

    First day cover of the six-stamp set on legendary Indian actressesFirst day cover of the six-stamp set on legendary Indian actresses

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  • 02/22/11--09:16: Shagoon (1964)
  • Dare I repeat myself by admitting that one of the reasons I wanted to see this film was the music? Shagoon (which I think should have been spelt Shagun) combines Sahir Ludhianvi’s lyrics with Khayyam’s music, to stunning effect. But my other reasons for watching this film were equally valid. It stars the matchless Waheeda [...]

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    Kamaljit and Waheeda Rehman in ShagoonKamaljit and Waheeda Rehman in Shagoon

    Geeta and Shobha, out boating...Geeta and Shobha, out boating...

    ...meet a pesky man...meet a pesky man

    Geeta falls in love, post-pursuit and post-songGeeta falls in love, post-pursuit and post-song

    Love happensLove happens

    Madan's mother turns the home topsy-turvy with poojasMadan's mother turns the home topsy-turvy with poojas

    Girdharilal comes to meet Madan's parentsGirdharilal comes to meet Madan's parents

    Girdharilal shows just how honest he is - and Rai Sahib has a heart attackGirdharilal shows just how honest he is - and Rai Sahib has a heart attack

    Rekha arrives from AmericaRekha arrives from America

    Rekha meets Madan and his parents after many yearsRekha meets Madan and his parents after many years

    Madan gets Geeta's mother's consentMadan gets Geeta's mother's consent

    Madan's mother exults over GeetaMadan's mother exults over Geeta

    Madan's mother calls off the weddingMadan's mother calls off the wedding

    Geeta refuses to marry Madan - for his 'own good'Geeta refuses to marry Madan - for his 'own good'

    Madan's mother throws in the towelMadan's mother throws in the towel

    Geeta and Madan are marriedGeeta and Madan are married

    Madan's father dies of a heart attackMadan's father dies of a heart attack

    Waheeda Rehman in ShagoonWaheeda Rehman in Shagoon

    Libi Rana (Nivedita) in ShagoonLibi Rana (Nivedita) in Shagoon

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  • 03/01/11--00:56: True Grit (1969)
  • This last Saturday, on a mere whim (brought on by a good newspaper review) I went off to watch True Grit. The 2010 version, starring Hailee Steinfeld in an Oscar-nominated role as Mattie Ross. It was a good film, in true time-honoured Western mould, with tinges of both feminism and noir. And it spurred me [...]

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    John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in True GritJohn Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit

    Frank Ross says goodbye to MattieFrank Ross says goodbye to Mattie

    Tom Chaney kills Frank RossTom Chaney kills Frank Ross

    Mattie meets the sheriffMattie meets the sheriff

    Rooster Cogburn in the courthouseRooster Cogburn in the courthouse

    Mattie meets Rooster CogburnMattie meets Rooster Cogburn

    Mattie talks to Cogburn at Chen Lee'sMattie talks to Cogburn at Chen Lee's

    LaBoeuf talks to MattieLaBoeuf talks to Mattie

    ... and an annoyed Mattie shoots down his proposition... and an annoyed Mattie shoots down his proposition

    Mattie meets Colonel StonehillMattie meets Colonel Stonehill

    Stonehill gives inStonehill gives in

    Mattie finds LaBoeuf with CogburnMattie finds LaBoeuf with Cogburn

    Mattie throws down the gauntletMattie throws down the gauntlet

    Mattie crosses the river with her ponyMattie crosses the river with her pony

    Glen Campbell, John Wayne and Kim Darby in True GritGlen Campbell, John Wayne and Kim Darby in True Grit

    A frame from True GritA frame from True Grit

    ... and another great view... and another great view

    Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges in True Grit (2010)Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges in True Grit (2010)

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  • 03/03/11--19:29: The Popcorn Essayists
  • For those of you who like cinema, and who like reading about cinema (which is probably why you’re reading this), a piece of news I wanted to share: the launch of a new book. The Popcorn Essayists: What Movies Do To Writers is an anthology of film writing—by writers who don’t professionally review or otherwise [...]

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    The Popcorn Essayists - front coverThe Popcorn Essayists - front cover

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    Among the most popular posts on this blog are my top ten lists of songs. They’re also among my favourites; old Hindi film music is one big, big reason for my watching these films in the first place. Which is why I’ve ended up doing so many lists of songs—for music directors (S D Burman, [...]

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    Sahir LudhianviSahir Ludhianvi

    Aurat ne janam diya mardon ko, from SadhnaAurat ne janam diya mardon ko, from Sadhna

    Woh subah kabhi toh aayegi, from Phir Subah HogiWoh subah kabhi toh aayegi, from Phir Subah Hogi

    Yeh mahalon, yeh takhton, from PyaasaYeh mahalon, yeh takhton, from Pyaasa

    Aage bhi jaane na tu, from WaqtAage bhi jaane na tu, from Waqt

    Main zindagi ka saath, from Hum DonoMain zindagi ka saath, from Hum Dono

    Pighlaa hai sona door gagan pe, from JaalPighlaa hai sona door gagan pe, from Jaal

    Mann re tu kaahe na dheer dhare, from ChitralekhaMann re tu kaahe na dheer dhare, from Chitralekha

    Tum apna ranj-o-gham, from ShagoonTum apna ranj-o-gham, from Shagoon

    Chalo ek baar phir se, from GumraahChalo ek baar phir se, from Gumraah

    Pyaar par bas toh nahin, from Sone ki ChidiyaPyaar par bas toh nahin, from Sone ki Chidiya

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  • 03/13/11--23:14: Triple Cross (1966)
  • Despite everything more fashionable cinema viewers may say, I love The Sound of Music. I love the songs, I love the mushy romance, I love the children. I love Julie Andrews. I love Christopher Plummer. Which is why it’s always bothered me that Christopher Plummer used to refer to the film as The Sound of [...]

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    Christopher Plummer in Triple CrossChristopher Plummer in Triple Cross

    Eddie Chapman, master safe crackerEddie Chapman, master safe cracker

    Nazi Germany invades JerseyNazi Germany invades Jersey

    Eddie forces an audience with the German commandantEddie forces an audience with the German commandant

    Eddie receives visitorsEddie receives visitors

    Eddie discovers a German spyEddie discovers a German spy

    Paulette and Eddie are arrestedPaulette and Eddie are arrested

    Eddie is 'collected' by the GermansEddie is 'collected' by the Germans

    ...proves himself with a pistol...proves himself with a pistol

    and becomes Graumannand becomes Graumann

    Eddie earns the Nazis' trustEddie earns the Nazis' trust

    Eddie is parachuted into England to blow up VickersEddie is parachuted into England to blow up Vickers

    ... and Eddie offers his services to the British... and Eddie offers his services to the British

    The real Eddie ChapmanThe real Eddie Chapman

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  • 03/16/11--20:43: Dahej (1950)
  • I’ve lost count of the number of Hindi films I’ve seen in which a bride is left at the mandap just because her family hasn’t been able to provide a massive dowry. I have no idea which was the first such film to be made, but V Shantaram’s Dahej is one of the early ones. [...]

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    Jayashree and Mumtaz Begum in DahejJayashree and Mumtaz Begum in Dahej

    Chanda with her friendsChanda with her friends

    ... and with Thakur Sahib... and with Thakur Sahib

    Suraj encounters ChandaSuraj encounters Chanda

    Vakil Sahib's house...Vakil Sahib's house...

    Vakil Sahib's doctor gives him some adviceVakil Sahib's doctor gives him some advice

    Jamuna comes to meet Vakil SahibJamuna comes to meet Vakil Sahib

    Suraj's mother fixes up Suraj's marriage with her friend's daughter...Suraj's mother fixes up Suraj's marriage with her friend's daughter...

    LeelaLeela

    Vakil Sahib and his wife have a tiffVakil Sahib and his wife have a tiff

    Thakur Sahib visits Vakil SahibThakur Sahib visits Vakil Sahib

    Ill-will erupts at the weddingIll-will erupts at the wedding

    Suraj steps in to save the daySuraj steps in to save the day

    Much romance...Much romance...

    Vakil Sahib suffers a strokeVakil Sahib suffers a stroke

    Suraj's mother lets fly at ChandaSuraj's mother lets fly at Chanda

    Chanda with her motherChanda with her mother

    Inside Thakur Sahib's house...Inside Thakur Sahib's house...

    Long-dead grandeurLong-dead grandeur

    Vakil Sahib's houseVakil Sahib's house

    Chanda and her friendsChanda and her friends

    Jayashree in DahejJayashree in Dahej

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