Articles by Baradwaj Rangan
Oct 18, 2018
The Godfather, Citizen Kane, Son of Saul, and the philosophy behind cinematographyThe effect of the cinematography in Son of Saul is claustrophobia. In one harrowing stretch, as Saul swims across a river, we seem to be in the water with him.
Oct 11, 2018
Detective Dee and non-Hollywood franchises: If you're game for subtitles, it's a blastDigital age proponents have in recent years praised films that, rather than striving for 'realism', create worlds that look overtly and self-consciously virtual.
Oct 04, 2018
The Pingyao Film Festival and how the 'boutique' model can help arthouse cinema in IndiaChinese film festivals are bound, by law, to show as many Chinese films as films from outside. This may be a good model for India.
Sep 27, 2018
Kenji Mizoguchi’s Street of Shame restored and shown at Venice Film Festival, pits sex workers against unforgiving societyMany thought that Kenzi Mizgouchi's film was directly responsible for the anti-prostitution law that was passed in Japan a few months after its release.
Sep 20, 2018
My Life with James Dean, Queer gaze and whether cinema should be categorised into inclusive labelsArray
Sep 13, 2018
Running between films at Venice, Cannes, Berlin: Why put yourself through the festival grind?It’s undeniably exciting to be among the first in the world watching the best of international cinema – or at least, the most anticipated films – without any kind of buzz
Sep 06, 2018
On Kurosawa's 20th death anniversary, remembering Rashōmon and his only female-centric filmWhat’s fascinating, today, is that Kurosawa matches the melodrama in the story with visual melodrama.
Sep 03, 2018
Recalling Raise the Red Lantern by Zhang Yimou, this year’s recipient of Jaeger-LeCoultre award at VeniceThis year, Chinese director Zhang Yimou will receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award at the Venice Film Festival.
Aug 23, 2018
With Kerala floods, let’s ask why we readily watch disaster movies even as real-life disasters leave us reelingThere’s something grotesque about a disaster movie, which plays on our darkest fears. There’s something equally grotesque about our reaction to these movies.
Aug 16, 2018
Oscars are more populist than festivals like Cannes, Venice — hence the Best Popular Film categoryA film festival only cares about what its jury thinks, whereas a TV show like the Oscars has to worry about how many viewers tune in.