MUBI India's Svetlana Naudiyal on how the curated service is making its mark amid sea of streaming platforms
MUBI India's director of content Svetlana Naudiyal on bringing world cinema to Indian audiences, providing a platform to smaller Indian films, and why the streaming service operates in collaboration with movie theatres.
Werner Herzog’s Family Romance LLC, the defining film of our times, captures malaise at the heart of capitalism
Werner Herzog's Family Romance LLC is a film that challenges the convention of both fiction and documentary filmmaking.
Adapted from Wessel Smitter’s novel F.O.B. Detroit, Reaching for the Sun follows Russ, a backwoods clam-digger who moves to Detroit to work in a car factory so he can afford an outboard motor for his boat.
A murder mystery, a society on the brink: Death in Buenos Aires is Natalia Meta's commentary on '80s Argentina
Death In Buenos Aires opens with the face of a beautiful young man sitting at the edge of a luxurious bed. Just behind him, soaked in blood, yet peacefully dead, is a man of Argentinian high society.
In Heroes for Sale, William A Wellman presents discontentment with the old and hope for the new, steeped in govt propaganda
Heroes for Sale was made just after Roosevelt swore in as the 32nd president of the United States. As though symptomatic of this particular time, the film embodies both a discontentment with the preceding Hoover administration and a hope for the new one, the duality manifesting as an incongruity between plot and character.
How The Scarlet Empress deftly explores the duality of evil and innocence while mapping the rise of Catherine the Great
Nothing, not even Josef von Sternberg’s earlier films with Marlene Dietrich, anticipates the stylistic aggression of The Scarlet Empress, a box-office bomb.
Visions du Réel 2020: Works at the festival's online edition exhibited a yearning for the social, symbolic of present crisis
Numerous works at the 51st edition of Visions du Réel, traditionally held in April in Nyons, Switzerland, unfold in self-contained worlds with no exit to external reality.
How Hollywood classic Hellzapoppin' defied categorisation, rejoiced in playing with possibilities of the medium
It wouldn’t be a hyperbole to state that there’s nothing quite like Hellzapoppin' in classical Hollywood.
Cecil B DeMille’s This Day and Age portrayed the tensions of its era as well as the dynamics of Hollywood film production
This Day and Age capitalises on a certain hopefulness about the younger generation pervading the air.
Kiss Me Deadly: Robert Aldrich's crime movie classic is less detective story, more myth with a physical presence
The first to consider Robert Aldrich as a serious artist—and this film a masterpiece—were the young critics at the French film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma.
The Tarkovsky retrospective at the recently concluded Bangalore International Film Festival (BIFFES) provided the perfect opportunity to enjoy his seven features at their fair value — in a calibrated environment designed to appreciate them.
In Moonrise, Frank Borzage sheds his ethereal aesthetic to foreground man as a product of circumstances
In Moonrise, director Frank Borzage accentuates his protagonist Danny’s shadowed existence by holding him at a distance from the viewer.
Golden Bear winner Mohammad Rasoulof sentenced to jail after authorities find his work 'propaganda against system'
Mohammad Rasoulof’s sentence arose from three films that Iran’s authorities found to be “propaganda against the system”
Amid Mohammad Rasoulof's Berlinale win for There Is No Evil, revisiting his 2009 tour de force, The White Meadows
Mohammad Rasoulof’s concern with portraying normal people who carry out everyday chores for authoritarian societies goes back to his 2009 film The White Meadows — a powerful work which established the acclaimed filmmaker as a strident and unique voice in Iranian cinema.
Success of Bong Joon-ho's Parasite at Golden Globes shows bias against 'foreign' films, subtitles is slowly eroding
Parasite director Bong Joon-ho's comment at the Golden Globes shows that while film audiences across the world are consuming more international non-English language films due to streaming, there remains a persistent resistance to subtitles in Anglophone countries
From Takashi Miike’s First Love to Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole, introspecting on cinema at IFFI 2019
IFFI showcases the latest in world cinema as well as Indian art cinema, but when one receives the screening schedule, one cannot really make an educated guess on what films might be worth watching; one usually runs into noteworthy films entirely by accident.
IFFI 2019 curtain raiser: Italian film Despite the Fog opens festival; Russia selected as spotlight country with eight features
Six of Amitabh Bachchan’s films are categorized as Dadasaheb Phalke Award Winner Retrospective at IFFI this year
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida and its non-dramatic drama: What it means for a film style to be 'transcendental'
What is “transcendental” style of cinema? It’s one of the precursors of what we call “slow cinema” today.
MAMI 2019: The Irishman, Honey Boy, The Lighthouse, Bombay Rose — 16 must-see films at Mumbai film festival
Nearly 200 films from over 50 countries will be screened at the Mumbai film festival in October, kicking off eight days of high quality cinema.
Tannishtha Chatterjee bags Asian Star Award for her directorial debut Roam Rome Mein at Busan Film Festival
Starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the film had its world premiere at the 24th Busan International Film Festival.