This week on the ol’ IFC News:
Raghu Rai, a great Indian photographer, made this image of a man and a rickshaw pulling the Goddess Saraswati down a boulevard in Calcutta. That image gave me an idea: Durga and Saraswati are like the key gods of the city of Calcutta; you can’t go a block without seeing a goddess of some kind, really. I thought it would be very important to have the blessing of the goddess in our film, because it is a Bengali film, in actual sense. So that image gave me the idea to have the goddess floating above us and being lowered down to the street. It’s like that: Image will give me the idea to make a scene.
In the podcast, we’re prompted by "The Host" to reflect on some of the more common tropes in horror movies, both recent and past, e.g. "Messing With Nature Is Bad," and "Technology Will Get You In The End."
In his DVD column, Michael Atkinson dwells on a box set of early Hitchcock films and Sergei Gerasimov‘s "Quiet Flows the Don," "famously regarded as the ‘Gone With the Wind’ of Soviet cinema. (Maybe â€” I always thought Sergei Bondarchuk‘s six-hour ‘War and Peace’ was the ‘Gone With the Wind’ of Soviet cinema.)"
Matt Singer reviews "300":
"300" is, in some ways, a silent movie. In some ways, it would be better as one. Silent movies share "300"’s outlandish (and outlandishly) stereotypical villains and its emphasis on movement. But silent movies didn’t weigh down their narratives with endless slow motion techniques and they didn’t ever have dialogue this bad, because they didn’t have any dialogue at all.
And Christopher Bonet has the round-up of what’s in theaters.