Friday December 14, 2018

Watch it, weekend it: A personal and downloadable film festival

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By Atul Mishra

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Having been hell hammered in the humdrum hullabaloo of this week, it’s time to roll-coast your rides on cinematic reels. NewsGram brings to you your personal film festival to be enjoyed over the weekend.

Make this weekend a kink in your monotonous life with the magic of movies. Here’s what you should download and kill the hamartia of your busy life:

Mean Streets (1973)

Director – Martin Scorsese

A strange mixture of seedy violence, frank nudity and the sort of language you’d expect to hear from gangsters in New York’s Little Italy, the film is drenched in a veil of Catholic guilt (lead Harvey Keitel, as Charlie, a small-time hood who knows that he should get the hell out of the game, constantly chastises and tests himself) and seems to act as a permanent celluloid confessional for Scorsese’s baser instincts.

For this alone, this gritty Lower East Side drama would be worth noting, but it’s also shot through with hints of Scorsese’s virtuosity (the wonderful pop-infused soundtrack and the scene where a drunk Keitel teeters through a bar in one disorienting shot), and tantalizing glimpses of his future preoccupations: gangsters, the mores of masculinity and a rich and varied partnership with one Mr. Robert De Niro.

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Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013)

Director – Abdellatif Kechiche

This film centers around a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure.

That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle’s life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction. After Scorsese’s mafia masturbation, this film will leave you blue and light.

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When Nietzsche Wept (2007)

Director – Pinchas Perry

Set in the year 1882, director Pinchas Perry’s adaptation of Irvin D. Yalom’s fictional 1992 novel finds a depressed Friedrich Nietzsche seeking out the advice of pioneering psychoanalyst Josef Breuer for help in battling mental malaise. The portrayal of Nietzsche and that of the rare humanity of other characters as they confronted their obsessions and limitations will draw you into rapt attention at the next plot development.

The film is an exploration of the hypothetical conjunction of Nietzsche and Breuer’s and Freud’s destinies and the development of psychoanalysis, of which Nietzsche’s thoughts played a significant part. The scene where Nietzsche gets angry at the chauffeur for having beaten his horse and then getting mad and enraged, or the mad girl’s love making scene with Breuer and the epiphany that follows will leave you enthralled.

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Actress Radhika Apte Comments On Her Idea of Choosing Films

Radhika's versatile performances in her more than a decade-long career has made her stand out

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Storytelling has been special part of my growing up years: Radhika Apte. (IANS)

Known for featuring in several social issue-based movies like “Parched” and “Padman”, and for voicing her opinion on issues like menstrual hygiene and women safety, actress Radhika Apte says ultimately it is the story of a film which grabs her attention.

“I did ‘Padman’ not only because of its social message. I did it because it was a good story. I run after good stories. If I did not like the story of ‘Padman’, and if it was imparting the same message, I probably would not have done it.

“I am not here to do films with just social messages. I am an actor. I want to be a part of stories,” Radhika Apte told IANS here.

After riding high on the success of a web show like “Sacred Games” and “Lust Stories”, and a movie like “AndhaDhun”, the 33-year-old actress, who has broken the stereotypical image of Indian heroines by portraying unconventional and bold roles on the big screen, has featured in a mainstream and glamorous role in Gauravv K. Chawla’s just-released “Baazaar”.

In the film, she plays an ambitious city girl who can do anything to achieve success and fame.

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Not here to do only films with social messages: Radhika Apte. (IANS)

“I have not done such mainstream role before this. It was challenging for me as a lot of efforts were put into the glamour portion and style, and it was tough to keep the drama real,” she explained.

Radhika’s versatile performances in her more than a decade-long career has made her stand out.

She said she likes to be surprised and is open to all genres as long as “work is good and challenging”.

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“I want to challenge myself with each project. Right now, my focus is to keep producing quality work,” she added.

Apart from marking her presence in Bollywood and digital platforms, Radhika Apte is now all set to make a foray into Hollywood with spy drama “World War II”. (IANS)