you can trace his artistic sense.(Though, personally, I’ve felt that for Kafkaesque theme
is stylistically much better suited- take for example, “The wind will carry us”)
Any other directors?
There were many – the Italians especially
. Others as well –
. But, I think over the years those two stand out. I’ll never forget the experience of watching
La aventura, La Strada
And the ship sails on
… The French (other than Goddard) –
, of course (Ah!
Jul et Rime
stands tall. He was the best.Then, of course, the Latin experience like the fire of
. My personal favourite is, however,
. But the directors who have personally touched me most –
. Incredible at times…… the very best. Of the later generation there is the great
and the sublime
Hou Hsien Hsian.Kim Ki Duk
also has given me some moments of joy. Recently I have also been immensely impressed by the raw talent of
You mean to say that American Cinema had no contribution?
I think we are discussing personal choice here and not history of Cinema.
If you talk of that, they explored the medium and added vitality- but their leading contributions ended with silent era and may be continued in the early talkies. One can not also forget that
made his major films there only. The contributions of
and the early masters cannot be ruled out either. There was
as well. One cannot forget the experience of watching
or some of
. And of course
– the master story-teller. But taking cue from Hollywood’s forceful explosion, it was Europe which really established cinema as high art – comparable to poetry and painting.Parallely, Japan was the only major happening place outside Europe. All other developments in the Latin American lands, India, Iran and other places were inspired by the happenings in the European mainland in some way or the other.
Nobody from India? Particularly from Bengal?
Not really. One can never leave out
. He was a part of our growing up. He was not just a film maker. He was a larger than life icon. The lone torch bearer of an era gone past- the last Renaissance Man from Bengal. His writings, sketches , and of course, films played their part in defining and shaping our tastes. As I grew up, however,Rays’ films no longer offered the same excitement – lost their charm a bit, I am afraid.Still, I’d always love to watch
Aparajito, Goopi Gayen Bagha Bayen
and may be
. Purely as a filmmaker,
, in his more inspiring moments,created a magic that always sparked my imagination. Of the later generation,
s (for obvious reasons) films always have something in store for me.
Hmmm….. (Silence) Let’s put it this way- never my cup of tea!
: But ‘
’ was recently selected as one of the 100 best films of the pastcentury!