Obituary - Alain Resnais
Alain Resnais Known for his intellectual films like 'Hiroshima mon amour' and 'Mon Oncle d'Amérique', Alain Resnais breathed his last in Paris on March 1st 2014.His luminous career that lasted over six decades began in 1936 with L'Aventure de Guy, a film which was left unfinished. He was trained as a film editor but swiftly shifted to making short documentaries that varied in themes from Van Gogh to World War II. With experimental films like 'Last Year in Marienbad' he slowly found a place in the French New Wave Cinema along with Jean Luc Godard, Jacques Rivett, Éric Rohmer and François Truffaut.
Loss, longing, ache and death were recurring themes in his films. With 'Night and Fog' he succeeded in creating images that would stay, sepia toned images of Nazi concentration camps that would brim up every time someone mentioned holocaust films.
His 50th directorial venture 'Last of Riley' which is centered around a play rehearsal is set to be released later this month.
Sreedevi hugging her knees and batting her eyelashes as Kamal Hasan lip-syncs Kannai Kalaimaane. Two decades later this is still one of the most heart warming melody in Indian Cinema. The film Moondram Pirai (Sadma) was directed by Balu Mahendra who passed away on Feb13th 2014
Born and brought up in Sri Lanka, Mahendra was deeply influenced by Bicycle Thieves which was screened in his school. After spending fives years as a cinematographer for acclaimed films like Nellu, Chattakaari, Makkal; Balu Mahendra debuted as a director with his Kannada film, Kokila in 1977. After which he slowly expanded his reach to other languages including Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi.
Olangal based on Erich Seghal's Man, Woman and Child is a film that created a wave in Malayalam Cinema. Yathra and Oomakuyil are his other Malayalam directorial films that helped him make his mark in Malayalam films. With an amazing record of five national film awards and a handful of state awards,Balu Mahendra has also mentor...
Vera Chytilova is a name that cannot escape your mouth if you are talking about women filmmakers. She has been an inspiration to many other women in the field as well. Born in 1929, Vera abandoned philosophy and architecture to pursue her desire to be in cinema by attending the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). She released her first film, The Ceiling in 1961 but it was in 1966 with her film Daisies that she came into focus. The film that was banned in her hometown of Czech told the story of two girls, Marie I and II who struggle to unearth the ultimate truth of life. Often hailed as the militant feminist filmmaker, Vera continued to craft controversial films like The Apple Game, Pretas Story and Fuckoffguysgoodbye. After a long fight with her illness Vera Chytilova passed away on 12 March 2014. Pleasant moments which revolved around the life of psychologist who strives to strike a balance between her stressful career and her love life, was Vera Chy...