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MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (2005)
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li

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Anubha Sawhney Joshi | November 20, 2010


MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (2005) Language: English, Japanese Director: Rob Marshall Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li

WORLDLYWISE WOMAN NEXT DOOR (1981) Language: French Director: Francois Truffaut Cast: Gêrard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Henri Garcin & Michèle Baumgartner Truffaut tells simple stories, simply. And that is the beauty of Woman Next Door, a movie the director made shortly before he died in 1984. Bernard (Gerard Depardieu) and Mathilde (Fanny Ardant) were lovers who parted ways when things didn't work out. The story begins when the old flames are reunited as neighbours. Though rather reluctant to jeopardize their happy marriages at first, the duo is unable to stay apart and, soon enough, become lovers once again. Such is the intense passion of this renewed relationship, that when Mathilde and her husband decide to go on a belated honeymoon, an enraged Bernard attacks her. The lovers are separated and Mathilde goes through a nervous breakdown. Obsession and passion are synonymous in this film. The actors portray both emotions so skillfully, you almost feel their dark, uneasy despair in the pit of your stomach. Ultimately, the all-consuming love that binds the two is what destroys them. What begins as a sensuous, funny movie ends as disturbing, surprising viewing. The final scene stays with you long after the movie is over. Truffaut has a way of portraying real life as it is. He's a director who understands that human sentiments and relationships are so complex within themselves;they don't need air-brushing or frills. In Woman Next Door, he serves up raw emotions and leaves the viewer to respond to them. Excellently done.

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Anubha Sawhney Joshi | November 20, 2010


WORLDLYWISE WOMAN NEXT DOOR (1981) Language: French Director: Francois Truffaut Cast: Gêrard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Henri Garcin & Michèle Baumgartner Truffaut tells simple stories, simply. And that is the beauty of Woman Next Door, a movie the director made shortly before he died in 1984. Bernard (Gerard Depardieu) and Mathilde (Fanny Ardant) were lovers who parted ways when things didn't work out. The story begins when the old flames are reunited as neighbours. Though rather reluctant to jeopardize their happy marriages at first, the duo is unable to stay apart and, soon enough, become lovers once again. Such is the intense passion of this renewed relationship, that when Mathilde and her husband decide to go on a belated honeymoon, an enraged Bernard attacks her. The lovers are separated and Mathilde goes through a nervous breakdown. Obsession and passion are synonymous in this film. The actors portray both emotions so skillfully, you almost feel their dark, uneasy despair in the pit of your stomach. Ultimately, the all-consuming love that binds the two is what destroys them. What begins as a sensuous, funny movie ends as disturbing, surprising viewing. The final scene stays with you long after the movie is over. Truffaut has a way of portraying real life as it is. He's a director who understands that human sentiments and relationships are so complex within themselves;they don't need air-brushing or frills. In Woman Next Door, he serves up raw emotions and leaves the viewer to respond to them. Excellently done.

OUT ON DVD BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) Language: English Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise Cast: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite love stories, so when the DVD came to stores recently, I had to have it. As part of its Diamond Collection, Disney has brought the movie to us on Blu-ray, DVD and VCD, in both English and Hindi. How can one not adore a film that opens with the words, "Once upon a girl, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. " With that one line, the tone is set for a magical love story that sees a haughty Prince being cursed into ugliness for the rest of his life unless he finds true love. But which girl would want to be around - leave alone love - any man who looks like the Beast? Which girl, other than Belle, that is? Belle, as beautiful as her name and with a heart to match, encounters the Beast and soon discovers that he is kind and gentle and the victim of a curse. Much drama of the Hindi film variety later (which makes for impressive animation), the lovers are united over a kiss and a spectacular romantic dance. Paige O'Hara and Robby Benson give voice to Belle and the Beast. The movie won an Oscar (for best original score) and a Grammy, both reason enough to get you interested in the OST. Watch the film for the love story, one that continues to enthrall even years after the movie first came out. Buy the Blu-ray or DVD for the special features that include enhanced music tracks, games, behind the scenes features and deleted scenes.

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Anubha Sawhney Joshi | November 20, 2010


OUT ON DVD BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) Language: English Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise Cast: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite love stories, so when the DVD came to stores recently, I had to have it. As part of its Diamond Collection, Disney has brought the movie to us on Blu-ray, DVD and VCD, in both English and Hindi. How can one not adore a film that opens with the words, "Once upon a girl, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. " With that one line, the tone is set for a magical love story that sees a haughty Prince being cursed into ugliness for the rest of his life unless he finds true love. But which girl would want to be around - leave alone love - any man who looks like the Beast? Which girl, other than Belle, that is? Belle, as beautiful as her name and with a heart to match, encounters the Beast and soon discovers that he is kind and gentle and the victim of a curse. Much drama of the Hindi film variety later (which makes for impressive animation), the lovers are united over a kiss and a spectacular romantic dance. Paige O'Hara and Robby Benson give voice to Belle and the Beast. The movie won an Oscar (for best original score) and a Grammy, both reason enough to get you interested in the OST. Watch the film for the love story, one that continues to enthrall even years after the movie first came out. Buy the Blu-ray or DVD for the special features that include enhanced music tracks, games, behind the scenes features and deleted scenes.

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Meenakshi Tikoo MisriNov 24th, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Memoirs of a Geisha.....have read the book and watched the movie...Obsorbing story.The flow of events that unfold in the story made me wonder about the actual control we humans have on our life.The journey of an individuals life perhaps is this huge rollercoaster ride... only the settings change

 
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