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Limette

I'm not in Toronto - sadly :(... I'd love to see Raj Kapoor on the silver screen...
This film sounds deeply interesting, and I will definitely watch it.

katherine

@Limette -- I'm still very chuffed at being able to go. I've got tickets to a few things, but if I'd had to choose only one to see, it would have been Barsaat, cos I think it may be one of the most beautiful Raj Kapoor films.

Maureen Blaseckie

I was admiring the stills you selected and then everything fell in place when you mentioned the strong influence of Orson Welles.

I think for almost any pre '60's film it is necessary to temper criticism of the director's attitude with the context of when he was working. A friend of mine stopped talking to me for several weeks after watching an in-class screening of "Birth of a Nation". It was part of our film class because D. W. was innovative and a genius but my friend only saw the klansman D.W. expressed in the film.

It is a huge debate and much bigger than any one director or the film medium. Picasso was a total jerk, Charlie Chaplin just this side of a pederast, Carravagio a brawling thug, John Ford a binge drinking womanizer. But art they produced...

Anyway, just wanted to say great post and have fun at the festival.


moe

katherine

Yes, and those are names that come up when I think about how I feel about Raj Kapoor personally, and how I feel about his work.

Frankly, I think his films from the fifties, with their strong social messages and their meticulous craftsmanship, are just masterpieces, and I just cannot get enough of watching him and Nargis together on screen. I grow less able to separate the personal from the art with the later films, for a variety of reasons. I found it interesting that TIFF suggested his later films seemed inspired more by Russ Meyers, and I think that's what ends up putting me off.

But I persist, because no matter what, the bottom line is that he was an immensely talented artist whose work deserves my attention even as it troubles me.

I cannot *wait* to go see the films I've chosen. Even the ill-fated Mere Naam Joker :-)

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