Journal of Indian Cinema

Vol. 1. Iss. 7 | July 2019

Film Critics Circle of India

Remembering a forgotten director star — Miklós Janscó

Gautam Kaul | July 31

There are film directors who create film stars and then there are film directors who become stars themselves.

Since cinema started as a means of business, stars and star film directors have both co existed. A star could not survive without a good film director but a star film director could thrive without stars. Each national language cinema has had its fair share of both stars and star film directors. In India, individuals in both categories have lived and thrived by the dozens; while in countries with smaller film audiences, star directors have been few. Miklós Janscó was one such rare star among directors…

… The introduction of Hungarian cinema in India started with the screening of Janscó’s The Round-Up...

… Janscó is best remembered for a unique signature in film narrative that was marked by the sparing use of words in dialogues interspersed by long scene takes. In Red Psalms, this style took an extreme position when scenes were allowed to linger on for 9 minutes and more without a single cut. Film critics found in such depiction, symbolism that perhaps even the film director never thought of. But he accepted these interpretations since they created for him a distinct image that added to his cinematic aura in the international film circles.



Dialogues tell a story

Saurabh Turakhia | July 31

Cinema has come a long way from a time when long dialogues struck gold at the box-office and cemented a struggling protagonist’s position as a dependable hero to a time when it is cool to be conversational. Alongside, the big screen has ceded much of its audience to the small screen. Clearly, it is not merely a change in the format, but in the preferences as well…

… Amitabh Bachchan’s iconic scene at the temple in the Deewar climax is etched in public memory. What made it so? It lent depth, and established layers for the flawed but loved protagonist. It gave space to his angst and emotions, and, to an extent, it justified his questionable and conventional choices…

… What is it about dialogues that endear themselves to audiences? Is it mere wordplay? Are dialogues like closed curtains, using which we can get to know a personality better? Do dialogues have to be merely instructional or can they stand out as life mantras? The popularity of dialogues reflects the power of words in creating an impact on minds and hearts. What songs and dance are for expressions, dialogues are for the story. The inherent risk in keeping cinema stark real is that it can appear to be an isolated episode and not an integrated construct. Dialogues also reflect the fact that the character has a very good understanding of their life or their situations or their principles.


Feature Review—TV & web series Film review
Aadai | Rathna Kumar     Baradwaj Rangan
Arjun Patiala | Rohit Jugraj     Rahul Desai
Arjun Patiala | Rohit Jugraj     Saibal Chatterjee
Article 15 | Anubhav Sinha     Baradwaj Rangan
Article 15 | Anubhav Sinha     Jai Arjun Singh
Article 15 | Anubhav Sinha     MK Raghavendra
Article 15 | Anubhav Sinha     MK Raghavendra
Article 15 | Anubhav Sinha     Sukanya Verma
Chand Par | TR Sundaram     Tanul Thakur
Dear Comrade | Bharat Kamma     Baradwaj Rangan
Jiivi | VJ Gopinath     Baradwaj Rangan
Judgementall Hai Kya | Prakash Kovelamudi     Jai Arjun Singh
Judgementall Hai Kya | Prakash Kovelamudi     Rahul Desai
Judgementall Hai Kya | Prakash Kovelamudi     Saibal Chatterjee
Judgementall Hai Kya | Prakash Kovelamudi     Sukanya Verma
Judgementall Hai Kya | Prakash Kovelamudi     Tanul Thakur
Kadaram Kondan | Rajesh M Selva     Baradwaj Rangan
Lakshya | Farhan Akhtar     Sukanya Verma
Luca | Arun Bose     Baradwaj Rangan
Malaal | Mangesh Hadawale     Saibal Chatterjee
Micmacs | Jean-Pierre Jeunet     Baradwaj Rangan
Raatchasi | Sy Gowthamraj     Baradwaj Rangan
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story | Scorsese     Jai Arjun Singh
Salaam Cinema | Mohsen Makhmalbaf     Baradwaj Rangan
Senso | Luchino Visconti     Baradwaj Rangan
Spider-Man | Jon Watts     Johnson Thomas
Spider-Man | Jon Watts     Saibal Chatterjee
Spider-Man | Jon Watts     Sukanya Verma
Stalker | Tarkovsky     Baradwaj Rangan
Super 30 | Vikas Bahl     Jai Arjun Singh
Super 30 | Vikas Bahl     MK Raghavendra
Super 30 | Vikas Bahl     MK Raghavendra
Super 30 | Vikas Bahl     Rahul Desai
Super 30 | Vikas Bahl     Saibal Chatterjee
Super 30 | Vikas Bahl     Sukanya Verma
Super 30 | Vikas Bahl     Tanul Thakur
The Lion King | Jon Favreau     Johnson Thomas
The Lion King | Jon Favreau     Saibal Chatterjee
The Lion King | Jon Favreau     Sukanya Verma
The Lion King | Jon Favreau     Tanul Thakur
Tottaa Pataaka Item Maal | Aditya Kripalani     Deepa Gahlot
Typewriter | Sujoy Ghosh     Saibal Chatterjee
Yesterday | Danny Boyle     Johnson Thomas
Yesterday | Danny Boyle     Rahul Desai
Yesterday | Danny Boyle     Saibal Chatterjee
Literature Interview
Xie Fei     Rashmi Doraiswamy


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