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Coffee and cigarettes

yesterday I saw 'Coffee and Cigarettes'. Its quite an interesting movie. Not that I haven't seen similar ideas. There's one German movie, essentially a collective of several short ones, about conversations raveling life's facets in various ways. (I don't remember its name.. it was shown in some new movie maker's festival of international cinema in Pune.) In cofee n cigs, its done with taking conversation over coffee n cigs as a ruse, a common theme through the movie.
I though how simple conversations could lend themselves to creation of such fantastic movies. Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are easily amongst the most beautifully engrossing movies ever, and what they fill the space and time is with conversations. simple. conversations.
(Ofcourse Julie Delpy did help :D . She is simply brilliant, absolutely beautiful. She is so awesomishly godly in three colors: white.)
The leisure that this form of movie projects is simply astounding and alludes to an altogether different world. I guess, there's reflection of culture where such cinema is born that lends itself to the leisure feel of the narrative. One of my friends who returned from France shared with me how she was pleasantly surprised to see french people taking their leisure time seriously.
In urban india, such 'inactivity' will make you feel guilty. That's the 'spirit' of Mumbai... being busy for no reason.. they like 'the zing'. I find it to be a desperate attempt at lending a happy face to a sad existence. The rural india can and does appreciate leisure time, but the urban pressures are working towards getting them busy as well.


Comments

Hemanth said…
@Ajinkya: Before Sunrise was in a way better than the sequel..don't you think?.

check out this flick.."Waking Life"...nice one...the whole movie had people talking about meaning of life..free will...

here's my blog, mostly about movies...
http://moviesarenice.blogspot.com
Ajinkya said…
Before sunrise was totally kickass. i loved it. Come to think of it, it amazes me how can one be so engrossed in someone else's conversation. and the movie does that too.
Though, the sequel was quite good as well, i guess, it had to be the way it was.
waking life, i must c.. heard a lot about it.
what say strider?
Ajinkya said…
Before sunrise was totally kickass. i loved it. Come to think of it, it amazes me how can one be so engrossed in someone else's conversation. and the movie does that too.
Though, the sequel was quite good as well, i guess, it had to be the way it was.
waking life, i must c.. heard a lot about it.
what say strider?

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