Another round of classic Indian films starting on Channel 4 tonight. That last round was incredible.
Lawrence of Arabia (Film)
Peter O'Toole is the eponymous hero who united the warring Arab tribes to take on the Turks in World War One and, in so doing, entered both the history books and the mythology of England's past. David Lean's multi-Oscar winning epic is one of cinema's most sumptuously-shot classics, and O'Toole brings to the role a hesitant demeanour that hints at Lawrence's sexual ambiguity while never masking his steely self-belief.
Director: David Lean
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, José Ferrer
(Editor's Choice, Subtitles, 1962, PG, 5 Star) (Get more information on this movie)
(haven't seen the modern set with the CSO, but the West-Eastern Divan doing Beet's Ninth is amazing: 11:05am)
Knowledge is the Beginning (Arts)
Award winning film following the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Founded by conductor Daniel Barenboim, it unites young Arab and Jewish musicians, surmounting prejudices. Flashing images.
Man Who Planted Trees (Documentary)
This Oscar-winning short story tells of a shepherd's successful efforts to reforest a desolate Alpine valley throughout the first half of the 20th century.
Considered by many to be the first film to truly embrace the Dogma philosophy, Thomas Vinterberg's Festen is a dark comic tale exploring bitterness and bubbling family tensions.
Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen, Birthe Neumann, Trine Dyrholm
(Stereo, 1998, 15, 4 Star) (Get more information on this movie)
The Birds (Film)
Hitchcock's disturbing classic about an isolated Californian community which is subjected to a series of terrifying attacks by hundreds of birds. Based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Tippi Hedren, Veronica Cartwright, Ethel Griffies
(Followed by Itv News Headlines, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 1963, 15, 4 Star) (Get more information on this movie)
Thriller in which a shabby gumshoe is hired by a wealthy but embittered woman to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her husband. The detective must make his way through a dangerous and complex cross-section of southern California life before he cracks the case. William Goldman wrote the screenplay, based on Ross Macdonald's novel The Moving Target.
Director: Jack Smight
Starring: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh, Pamela Tiffin
(Black and White, Widescreen, Subtitles, 1966, 15, 4 Star) (Get more information on this movie)
Let's Get Lost (Film)
Whether in his golden youth or premature old age, legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker's musical virtuosity always shone through. In this frank and revealing documentary made a year before his death, interviews, recording sessions, archive footage and home movies are used by director Bruce Weber to show a man ravaged by his long involvement with drugs.
Director: Bruce Weber
Starring: Chet Baker, Carol Baker, Vera Baker, Paul Baker, Dean Baker, Missy Baker
(Stereo, Black and White, Subtitles, 1988, 15, 4 Star) (Get more information on this movie)
Chaudhvin Ka Chand (Film)
Channel 4 presents four Indian classic films 50 years since they were first made. The first is Guru Dutt's story of two friends, Aslam and Nawab who fall in love with the same girl, Jameela. Misunderstandings and plain bad luck drive the narrative and ultimately lead to tragedy but at the heart of the story is the importance of sacrifice and friendship, popular themes in Indian film. Colour photography came late to Indian cinema, and so it became the practice in many early 1960s films to include some song sequences in colour. The title song sung by Mohammed Rafi was filmed in colour and remains one of the most popular Hindi film songs ever. The next up in this short season is Jis Des Main Ganga Behti Ha i, which airs tomorrow night.
Director: M. Sadiq
Starring: Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Minoo Mumtaz, Johnny Walker, Mumtaz Begum
(Black and White, In Urdu/Hindi with English Subtitles, 1960, PG, 2 Star) (Get more information on this movie)
Talk to Her (Film)
Pedro Almodóvar's Oscar-winning film stars Javier Cámara as a male nurse fixated by a dance student, and Darío Grandinetti as Marco, a journalist who interviews a bullfighter on the eve of a fight. When the two women are separately injured and left in a coma, the two men meet and their mutual concerns for each of their "patients" sees them form a bond as they care for the two women.
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Rosario Flores, Geraldine Chaplin, Mariola Fuentes
(Subtitles, Subtitled, In Spanish with English Subtitles, 2002, 15, 4 Star) (Get more information on this movie)