Wednesday, February 13, 2008

An exchange

Lost and found friend : I went to Kolkata recently. Got a few great European films. One of Godard. When are you coming to Kol next?

Me : Can't resist those arty film festival type movies now can we? Send me the dvds.

Friend: i will olive to share the files. but not by post or courier. it is too risky. we need to meet in kolkata. someday.

my collections are not too bad. i have
kurosawa, bunuel, tarkovski, felini, godard, a bulk of bethoven, mozart, rashid khan, the whole set of seinfeld and the special ones.

what about urs?

Me: You will olive? What? Pardon me, am I technically challenged here?
Actually I was being jocund when I talked about the irresistibility of
film fest type movies in first person plural. I was never too arty, if
you can still remember. My choices, till date, are pretty much
mainstream. A li'l bit of Tarantino here, and a li'l bit of Bertolucci
there.And a dash of Coen Brothers and Farelli brothers thrown in
between. Not to forget Scorsese. For European, I've four of Monica
Bellucci's very best ( ah yes, the lady has done some great work, I
kid you not. Watch Irreversible.) And now for the classics. As in
films. These days I got something innate that hampers my ability to
concentrate while watching anything created before 1975. Not to put
too fine a point on it, One Flew ....seems to be the borderline.
anything beyond, like Seven Samurai, or, To kill a ...zzz is bound to
put me to sleep.Don't get me wrong, I love those films. It's just that
age maybe is catching up with me. I just can't keep awake that long.

Muzzak. If I will be allowed to brag, I have nearly all that the late
Nusrat Fatty Ali Khan Sahab ever lent voice to.I also have a sizeable
chunk of Abeeda, Billy Joel, Dylan, Kenny Rogers, Belafonte, Simon &
G, Norah Jones, Los Lobos, Shania Twain, Santana, Gypsy Kings,
Credence, Marc Cohn and anything you can think of on those lines.
A smattering of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi and a dollop of Ustad Amir Khan.
Symphonies I have none, save a cd or two.

I really envy your collection of Seinfeld. I'm hunting for the whole
set of Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister myself.



Anonymous said...

maybe he has barlucci and belucci as well! what about Malena, what about Dreamers.
ooh! that defloration sequence of bertolucci. one just luvs it!

Partho said...

Anon, you are right. One just loves it. And while on it, Bertolucci has a gift for defloration sequences. You can watch the one in Stealing Beauty near the very end.
Malena is very famous. I also liked little known films like A fish out of water from MB's body of work.