Prantik Basu on Bela, his meditative documentary that juxtaposes the Chhau art form with life in a Bengal village
Shot over two years, Bela is the third work born of Basu’s collaboration with the inhabitants of the eponymous village in West Bengal.
Workers Leaving the Factory: How Louis Lumière’s 1895 film bound labour and cinema together for eternity
Traditionally considered the first ever motion picture, its image of workers leaving the factory was a veritable birthmark for the medium.
The goodbye drills of Nomadland: Rethinking the cinema of travelling, through the 2021 Best Picture Oscar winner
In Nomadland emerges the truth that we don’t travel to forget, we travel to forgive.
Another Round and the adolescence of adulthood: Why the Mads Mikkelsen film is unnerving to confront
By finishing on a high, Another Round becomes a rare film that injects the collectivism of adulthood with the individualism of intoxication.
What these two films have in common is how they create a sense of a setting as something inseparable from the inner lives of the protagonists.
Shashikala mastered the art of playing second fiddle; despite their brevity, her roles attest to impact of supporting actors
While her earlier career was marked by roles where she was either the vamp or the scheming mistress, Shashikala’s later years brought the grace and equanimity that ageing perhaps allows you.
The mother of my stories: Neither Boyhood's Olivia nor Kapoor & Sons' Sunita, perhaps The Threshold's Rinku holds a clue
In theory, my mother is a striking hybrid of exception and norm: a rare blend of cultural independence and domestic subservience. Yet, she resembles no cinematic stereotype from either side.
Wong Kar Wai opens up on 4K controversy of restoring his films, says 'people enjoy watching movies, period'
"For people who really care about the future of cinema, I suggest they go buy a ticket to support their local cinemas when they reopen," Wong Kar Wai added
Anubhav, Bhattacharya's frank and intimate treatment of marriage, employs a language very different from most other narrative Hindi films of the 1970s.
The dysfunctional and the delayed: From A Star is Born to Honey Boy, there's a pattern in the symptoms of the shattered
It’s difficult to script a human who flouts the social norms of age, as opposed to a character who flaunts a sustained resistance to time.
Firstpost presents CiNEmatters, a new podcast on the cinema of North East India and its socio-cultural nuances
With every episode of CiNEmatters, Firstpost hopes to inch closer to understanding why entertainment from this part of the country continues to remain largely elusive, besides examining some of its most interesting, yet lesser-known offerings.
The prescient wisdom of Arrival: How it uncovered a culture of healing 4 years before the world began bleeding
In many ways, the 2016 release is the consummate pandemic film.
The general consensus is that In the Mood for Love is one of the greatest love stories ever made. This is because, in many ways, In the Mood for Love is the greatest love story never made.
Uri: The Surgical Strike will be screened in theatres across 29 cities including Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Noida, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Indore, on Republic Day.
Cancer, by nature, lacks the fullness of a film. It is in fact the intermission of other films — of family dramas, workspace comedies, psychological thrillers...and silent bromances.
Revisiting Mayabazar: How the opening scene sets the tone for this classic about two princes and a mischievous God
If you grew up watching Tamil or Telugu films anytime from the 1950s onward — or even had some knowledge of these cinemas — you would know Mayabazar, and its towering reputation, in the same way that Hindi-film viewers know of Sholay or Mughal-e-Azam.
The Reanimated Corpse: A multiplayer game follows a scout in 1970s Bombay, offering an oral model of film conservation
The origins of the game date back to 2017, when the creators studied the diverse methods employed globally in the restoration of film from around the world at Italy's Pordenone Silent Film Festival.
In a filmography extending to more than 60 roles, Soumitra Chatterjee brought to bear upon each performance the cadence of his versatility
Beyond a screen legend, Soumitra Chatterjee was a habit of the Bengali life, and the vacuum is too much to bear
In being humble, Soumitra represented the educated, middle-class for a few generations. As long as the spirit of man will remain unconquered, Soumitra Chatterjee will continue to represent us — the insignificant warriors who all walk through the mist and rise with the sunset.
Akash Basumatari’s documentary Mhari Topli Ma: Phang and Sonia Filinto’s Bread and Belonging are studies in how shifts in social, cultural and economic behaviours directly alter our food habits — and identity.