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  • 03/30/17--18:39: Afrita Hanem (1949)
  • Aka Little Miss Devil. This is a first for my blog: an Egyptian film. I have known about classic Egyptian cinema for a while now (the very first recommendation that came my way was from fellow blogger Richard, who had … Continue reading

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  • 04/05/17--01:07: Under Capricorn (1949)
  • Alfred Hitchcock is, for me, the cinematic equivalent of writers like PG Wodehouse or Georgette Heyer or Agatha Christie: I see their names on a work, and I know that this is something I can read (or watch, in Hitchcock’s … Continue reading

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    Sometime back, blog reader Anup remarked that some songs had a major singer not really doing much singing. Duets, he pointed out, where one singer does almost all the singing, while the other one just does a supportive ‘la-la-la-la’, or … Continue reading

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  • 04/17/17--20:56: Brilliantovaya Ruka (1969)
  • Some of my favourite films are those that cleverly combine crime with humour. Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry, for instance, a witty story about a man whom everybody seems to have been wanting to get rid of. Or—one of my … Continue reading

    dustedoffA valuable cane changes handsThe boss and the ringGuesha and Lyolik report to the bossPreparatory to going off on the Mikhail SvetlovSenya races to rescue his little girlGuesha and Lyolik rehearseSenya makes friends with GueshaA prostitute tries to waylay SenyaSenya is dragged away into the apothecary'sThe 'diamond arm'Guesha tries to pass on the paaswordSenya pours out his woes to the captainA very suspicious characterpic13pic14dustedoffA valuable cane changes handsThe boss and the ringGuesha and Lyolik report to the bossPreparatory to going off on the Mikhail SvetlovSenya races to rescue his little girlGuesha and Lyolik rehearseSenya makes friends with GueshaA prostitute tries to waylay SenyaSenya is dragged away into the apothecary'sThe 'diamond arm'Guesha tries to pass on the paaswordSenya pours out his woes to the captainA very suspicious characterpic13pic14

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  • 04/21/17--22:33: Naukri (1954)
  • I have a confession to make: I am not especially fond of Kishore Kumar as an actor. He’s a brilliant singer, and he can be pretty funny in films like Chalti ka Naam Gaadi or Pyaar Kiye Jaa or Padosan—but … Continue reading

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    This post may come as a surprise to those who are familiar with my blog, and with its chronological area of interest: Vinod Khanna, after all, debuted in a film that released in 1969, and this blog focuses on cinema … Continue reading

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  • 05/02/17--20:33: Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971)
  • This blog focuses almost exclusively on films from before the 1970s. Very occasionally, though, I make exceptions. For films that are pretty much on the cusp, and which evoke more a sense of 60s cinema than 70s, which were made … Continue reading

    dustedoffVinod Khanna, Asha Parekh and Dharmendra in Mera Gaon Mera DeshAjit pleads his case in courtAjit and the jailor - and a decision to be madeAjit meets Jaswant SinghMausi comes, claiming Ajit as her sonAjit finds some drinking partnersAjit and Anju fall in loveJabbar Singh comes callingAjit and Jaswant Singh, and the scared villagersJabbar Singh plotsMunni Bai goes off to find out more about AjitJabbar SinghPurnima and Dharmendra in a scene from Mera Gaon Mera DeshVinod Khanna and Laxmi Chhaya in a scene from the filmVinod Khanna and Laxmi Chhaya in Mera Gaon Mera DeshSanjeev Kumar in SholayAmjad Khan as Gabbar SinghdustedoffVinod Khanna, Asha Parekh and Dharmendra in Mera Gaon Mera DeshAjit pleads his case in courtAjit and the jailor - and a decision to be madeAjit meets Jaswant SinghMausi comes, claiming Ajit as her sonAjit finds some drinking partnersAjit and Anju fall in loveJabbar Singh comes callingAjit and Jaswant Singh, and the scared villagersJabbar Singh plotsMunni Bai goes off to find out more about AjitJabbar SinghPurnima and Dharmendra in a scene from Mera Gaon Mera DeshVinod Khanna and Laxmi Chhaya in a scene from the filmVinod Khanna and Laxmi Chhaya in Mera Gaon Mera DeshSanjeev Kumar in SholayAmjad Khan as Gabbar Singh

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  • 05/09/17--06:46: Lucky Star (1929)
  • Lucky Star is a movie of moments. A moment when a man, washing down the head of a young girl who’s grubby as can be, happens to ask her how old she is, and realizes, with a start of embarrassment, … Continue reading

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  • 05/18/17--08:27: Hanyo (1960)
  • Which, in English, is translated as The Housemaid, though it would perhaps have been more aptly titled Rats! I Got Me a New House. Not just because the catastrophe that swiftly unfurls in this film has its roots in the … Continue reading

    dustedoffThe pregnant wife, the chaebol, and the housemaiddustedoffThe pregnant wife, the chaebol, and the housemaid

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  • 05/23/17--06:49: Homes and Houses: Ten songs
  • Some context, first, for this post. I had recently been on a hiatus for a while because I shifted home. I’ve lived in Delhi for 32 years now, and for various reasons, my husband and I realized it would make … Continue reading

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