• Movie Review

    12 stulev (1971)

    How to do a satire of a then prevailing repressive regime, without actually been seen as being one? To see one that’s done well, check out this comedy film “The Twelve Chairs (1971)“. It is an adaptation of Ilf and Petrov’s 1928 Russian novel The Twelve Chairs. With a running time of 2h 39 min, it was long, and you need a lot of patience to get through the film whose story was obvious from the beginning. What makes you sit through was the brilliant direction by Director Leonid Gaidai who gives you a satisfaction of watching an epic with a variety of scenes, places, supporting characters and subplots, all…

  • Brilliantovaya ruka (1969)
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    The Diamond Arm (1969)

    The Diamond Arm (1969) aka Brilliantovaya ruka (1969), is a Russian Comedy film that had a homespun feeling yet was jocular and entertaining. A good way to spend a evening watching this film. The film is made available for free by Russian Centre of Science & Culture, New Delhi on YouTube. A hardworking simpleton named Semyon,  in Soviet Russia, is sent by his loving wife on a luxury cruise ride to Istanbul. On his return, an incompetent gang of smugglers, mistake him for their accomplish and cast his arm with diamonds and jewelry.  What happens next, did they recover their loot or did Semyon get into trouble? I grew up in an India…

  • Anna Karenina: Vronsky's Story
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    Anna Karenina: Vronsky’s Story (2017)

    Published in 1878, Anna Karenina is one of the well-known characters of the legendary Leo Tolstoy; Wikipedia, says it to be the greatest work of literature ever! The novel has seen numerous translations, retelling, and movies. Anna Karenina: Vronsky’s Story (2017) is the latest version, a Russian adaptation of the same by Director Karen Shakhnazarov. I liked it. The film is made available for free by Russian Centre of Science & Culture, New Delhi on YouTube. The story starts in 1904, in China’s Manchuria region, where the Russian Army was being chased by the Imperial Japanese Army. The Russian Red Cross team takes shelter and recoup their health, one amongst…

  • Movie Review

    In the Aisles (2018)

    In the Aisles (2018) is a German film (In den Gängen) that’s about the life of three people working in a large supermarket’s night shift. There are few films that literally transport you to the place where the story is happening, In the Aisles is one of them. Half-way into the film, you feel you are one of the coworkers in the supermarket working hard everyday, such was the intensity of the cinematography and narration. Christian (Franz Rogowski) is a new joiner at a big-box retailer, his work is to restock the aisles of the beverages section. He gets assigned to Bruno (Peter Kurth), the section supervisor, who takes him…

  • Weitermachen Sanssouci
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    Weitermachen Sanssouci (2019)

    Geothe Institute has been running an online film festival this month for free. One of the movies I watched was Weitermachen Sanssouci (2019), a German satire which loosely translates into “keep on going without worries”. The film satire about how higher education institution operates there. It has no specific story, yet it keeps you engaged with its narrative style. A young scientist, Phoebe Phaldon, joins Berlin University of Cybernetics as a lecturer and works on her project to study climate change’s impact with the help of Virtual Reality. Instead, of being able to focus on her study, she witnesses changes and chaos happening between the different stakeholders of the University.…