More film noir from world cinema…


Following my short post yesterday regarding film noir from India, it seems a whole lot of readers are very interested in this subject, judging by the emails I have had overnight.

I had to have a private chuckle to myself, for what began life as small blog supporting film photography, has now ballooned to encompass many other genres….and I for one am very happy about that, as it raises awareness of all these subjects.

So amongst the emails I received, many of them are asking me to post more excerpts of classical Indian cinema. However, let me say that  am no expert on that subject…whatever I post, always gets the green light from several of my Asian friends, who are more knowledgeable than myself!

That said, let us have a look at a beautiful example of film noir from Japan…the movie is called Osaka Elegy and was made in 1936 by Kenji Mizoguchi…..here it is….

And for my Asian cinema followers, here is one of the most lavish productions to come out of Indian cinema, akin to western blockbusters such as Ben Hur….not really film noir, but I include it for the benefit of the readers who have asked for more on this subject….this film is called Mughal-e-Azam, was the biggest grossing film ever in the Indian film industry, and held that record for 15 years, taking a full 10 years to produce and running for 5 solid hours…… it depicts a scene from a Maharaja’s palace, where the dancing courtesan has fallen in love with the young prince, against the wishes of his father….as always in Asian cinema, the gestures, movements and words of the song express everything….please click here to view….

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2 Responses to More film noir from world cinema…

  1. reocochran says:

    This is great information and am so happy you have been busy receiving emails that have been generated from interest in your subject of Indian and Asian film noir. I enjoy the silly Bollywood movies that are mainly Indian and are centered on their interest in American and Hollywood culture. Which is not nearly as fascinating as their cultures! Smiles, Robin

    • yes, indeed, robin!
      bollywood seems somehow fixated on changing its cultural stance to that of hollywood and amwerican culture..no problem with that per se…but as you say, they are in danger of foregoing their own culture that dates back 1000s of years ago, and which is steeped in history…sad.

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