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`PRE-CODE' 1930's Hollywood Classics Festival at Sunaparanta - 22nd to 23rd November 2017
The stringent censorship code came into existence in Hollywood in mid-1934. Though the code was introduced in 1930, filmmakers dared to ignore and circumvent it. As a result, the films made between 1930 to 1933 were not shackled by the ridiculous puritanism imposed on future films and have a certain honesty and risqué quality (albeit executed with subtle gaiety) that seems modern, groundbreaking and liberated even by contemporary standards. Sunapranta presents 3 classics from this period; 3 forgotten gems that still inspire, amuse and move those lucky enough to discover them. The screenings will be presented by Arvind Sivakumaran Screening schedule is as below: 22nd November 2017;        6.30 pm   I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG (1932) Director: Mervyn LeRoy Starring: Paul Muni, GlendaFarrell, Helen Vinson Run-Time: 92 mins About the Film: Still powerful and hard-hitting after 84 years, Paul Muni shines as an innocent army veteran who is falsely convicted and forced to serve on inhuman chain gangs in slave like conditions in the American South.  The film poses hard questions about the nature and causes of criminality andthe complicity of institutions. This is one of the few films in history that actually sparked a controversial debate and led to social reform.  Based on a true story!   23rd November 2017 - ERNST LUBITSCH DOUBLE BILL 6.15 pm: TROUBLE IN PARADISE (1932) Director: Ernst Lubitsch Starring: Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall Run time:  83 mins About the film: This light-hearted and witty comedy of manners filled with unforgettable dialogue and sexual tension is a love triangle between a gentleman conman, his pickpocket girlfriend and the rich heiress they are trying to rob, but is also a sharp commentary on the economic depression and its impact on those with no option but to steal.   8.00 pm: DESIGN FOR LIVING (1933) Director: Ernst Lubitsch Starring: Miriam Hopkins, Gary Cooper, Frederic March Run-Time: 91 mins About the film: A love triangle between 3 free spirited artists, with the woman this time caught in the middle, but unlike modern love triangles she actually loves and shares a "platonic" (?) relationship with both men. Challenging the social mores of the time with its aversion to "stability" "financial security" and " fidelity", this urbane and sophisticated comedy-drama features one of the most widely discussed and controversial endings of all time. Venue: Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim, open air amphitheatre Kindly call us on 0832-2421311 or email us on info@sgcfa.org for more details ENTRY FREE & OPEN TO ALL!        

Sunaparanta's `Home in the City: Bombay 1976-Mumbai 2016' by Sooni Taraporevala at The Whitworth, Manchester
Sooni Taraporevala, with whom Sunaparanta enjoys a lasting working relationship, enjoys her first UK solo show: Home in the City, Bombay 1976-Mumbai 2016.  Curated by Sunaparanta Honorary Director, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, with patronage from Sunaparanta founders, Dattaraj Salgaocar and Dipti Salgaocar, the show commissioned by Dr. Maria Balshaw opened at the Whitworth on March 4th 2017 and will be on view till 28 February 2018. The series of black and white photographs depict life in Bombay/Mumbai from 1976 to 2016.  Capturing the city in which she grew, Sooni’s images, cutting across class and community lines are an insider’s affectionate view, exploring a metropolis, as its shape shifted over four decades.  These works are personal documents of the city’s eccentrics, its children, its elderly and its landscape. On 20th July 2017, Sooni Taraporevala gave a rare insight into her black-and-white photographs within the exhibition ‘Home in the City: Bombay 1976-Mumbai 2016’ at The Whitworth, Manchester.

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 15th Nov 17 at 6.30 pm Screening of Duel at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 15th November ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of the film ‘Duel’ at Sunaparanta amphitheatre. Film: Duel  Directed By: Steven Spielberg Starring: Dennis Weaver Run Time: 85 mins Steven Spielberg's "Hitchcockian" debut film is an action-suspense masterpiece of economy and tension, full of his signature ideas and themes that would make him one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Mild-mannered businessman Dennis Weaver is stalked, threatened, haunted, and harassed by the mysterious and unseen driver of a greasy oil truck on a country road.  The entire film is one long chase sequence with Weaver trying to avoid death at the hands of a brutal, senseless, killing machine. The film has gone on to inspire several films like Spielberg's own "Jaws", "No Country For Old Men" and the recent Argentinian classic "Wild Tales". NOTE: (For those interested)  The screening will be followed by a 32 minute "making of" featurette, where Spielberg discusses the making of DUEL at length - its themes, the production process and the film's impact on his career.    

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 8th Nov `17 at 6.30 pm - Screening of `Whiplash' at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 8th November ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of the film ‘Whiplash’ at Sunaparanta amphitheatre. Film: Whiplash (2014) Directed by: Damien Chazelle Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons Run Time: 1 hr 42 mins About the Film  What is the price of achieving greatness? Blood; Sweat; Toil and Tears?  Must one be brutal and lose his/her humanity and sacrifice everything in its pursuit? These are the tough questions posed by the exhilarating and mesmerizing `Whiplash’.  Damien Chazelle (who went on to win an Oscar for 'La La Land') explores the darker side of genius in this story of a brutal and savage teacher-student relationship at a cutthroat music school. Whiplash often plays like a suspense thriller full of brilliant jazz sequences and a goose bump inducing climax that is destined to be analyzed for decades to come. Winner of Three Oscars including Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Supporting Actor (Simmons).    

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 1st Nov '17 at 6.30 pm - Screening of `Sunset Boulevard' at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 1st November ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of the film ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery. Film: Sunset Boulevard (1950) Directed by: Billy Wilder Written by: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr. Starring: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim, Nancy Olson Run Time: 110 mins About the Film Billy Wilder's classic tale of a Hollywood screenwriter who "ends up in the swimming pool" of a fading"silent movie legend" is one of the most acidic, satiric and darkly comic commentaries on HOLLYWOOD, the delusion of stardom and the lowly place occupied by writers in the film firmament. Gloria Swanson shines as Norma Desmond who lives in her own dilapidated world of false grandeur and grandiose delusion. Winner of 3 Oscars including Best Writing, Story and Screenplay

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 25th Oct `17 at 6.30 pm - Screening of `Revolutionary Road' at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 25th October ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of the film ‘Revolutionary Road’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery. Film: Revolutionary Road (2008) Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet Duration: 1 hr 54 mins About the Film A moving story of a young couple whose once idealistic lives steadily disintegrates as they struggle to come to terms with personal problems that afflict them in 1950s suburban Connecticut. The film observes ideas regarding ambition, dreams, marriage and ideals of how to live one’s life.  

Sunaparanta's `Home in the City' by Sooni Taraporevala - Exhibition on at Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai till 31st October 2017
Sunaparanta recently collaborated with Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai to open ‘Home in the City: Bombay 1977-Mumbai 2017’ by Sooni Taraporevala on 13th October 2017.  A book to mark the show, published by HarperCollins, carries essays by Pico Iyer and Salman Rushdie and is available everywhere good books are sold. Curated by Hon. Director Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi under the patronage of Dipti and Dattaraj Salgaocar, ‘Home in the City’ explores Mumbai – a metropolis that has shifted over four decades to become one of the most populous cities in the world.  The exhibition will be on at Chemould Prescott Road till 31st October 2017.

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 11th October 2017 at 6.30 pm - Screening of `Witness' at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 11th October 2017 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘Witness’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery Film: Witness (1985) Directed by: Peter Weir Cast: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas, Danny Glover & Viggo Mortensen Run Time: 1 hr 50 mins About the Film  Petr Weir’s films are characterized by their visual beauty and understated romantic quality. Often set against the backdrop of nature and peaceful landscapes, he uses Maurice Jarre's (`Lawrence of Arabia’, `Dr. Zhivago’) ethereal musical scores to enhance his poetic images so that the films play like wordless dreams (`Picnic at Hanging Rock’, `Dead Poet’s Society’).   His influences range from silent film to the paintings of the Dutch Masters like Vermeer and classical music. Like Hitchcock, his ability to reveal the thoughts and feelings of his characters through long sequences without a single spoken word make him a true cinematic master. `Witness’ is his most ambitious film as it is three films in one - a gripping cop thriller, a beautiful and understated romance between people from opposite worlds and a sensitive look at the AMISH community, a peaceful people seemingly from another time (the 19th century) who live in a rustic environment without electricity and technology, in sharp contrast to the "civilized" 21st century city people who live in a world plagued by violence, mistrust and crime. Weir examines the culture clashes between the quaint Amish and the city dwellers through the character of John Book (Harrison Ford) as he attempts to protect the young Amish boy who is the only witness to a gruesome murder.   TRIVIA: The Amish section of the film (lit by natural light, oil lamps and candlelight as the Amish don't have electricity) was influenced by the paintings of Vermeer who specialized in domestic interiors and his "light from the left" technique. SCREENING WILL BEGIN AT 6.30 pm SEATING WILL BE ON FIRST-COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS  

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 6.30 pm - Screening of `Mississippi Burning' at Sunaparanta
Staying with the theme of injustice and in light of the Charlottesville Neo-Nazi white supremacist rallies, Sunapranta presents the thought-provoking and hard-hitting race thriller Mississippi Burning - this Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 6.30 pm at Sunaparanta Indoor gallery. Film: Mississippi Burning (1988) Directed by: Alan Parker Cast: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, R. Lee. Ermey, Brad Dourif, Michael Rooker Run Time: 2 hrs 5 mins About the Film: Based in part on the real life disappearance of three civil rights activists, the film is a brutal expose of racism against African-Americans in segregated 1960's Mississippi, America. The film is also a gripping murder-mystery thriller as 'by the rulebook' FBI man Willem Dafoe struggles with the 'bend the rules to get at the truth' strategies of colleague Gene Hackman (in one of his finest and most under-rated performances). Frances McDormand (Fargo) is also brilliant in one her early roles as a conflicted wife.   Nominated for 7 Oscars with one win for Cinematography for Peter Biziou (In The Name of The Father)  

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 27th September 17 at 6.30 pm, screening of In the Name of the Father at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 27th September ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of the film ‘In the Name of the Father’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery. Film: In the Name of the Father (1993) Directed by: Jim Sheridan Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Emma Thompson Run Tim: 2 hrs 13 mins About the Film  With three-time Oscar Winner Daniel Day Lewis 's impending retirement, it's a good time to revisit one of his greatest performances as Gerry Conlon, the innocent (but not saintly) Irishman who was arrested and imprisoned along with his family for an IRA (Irish Republican Army) bombing he did not commit. The film is a timely and horrifying reminder of the witch-hunt mob mentality that grips all justice systems when an angry public seeks retribution for a heinous crime.  Nominated for 7 Oscars, the film is also a moving father-son story, as they overcome their damaged relationship to comfort and support each other through the crisis.  Based on a true story! TRIVIA: The film's soundtrack has original songs by Bono, Sinead O Connor and Gavin Friday SCREENING WILL START AT 6.30 PM