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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.


@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.



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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