28 November, 2020

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This well-illustrated volume should be useful as a textbook in film schools, but its value for ordinary film enthusiasts is even higher

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The serious study of cinema remains a minority pursuit in India, confined largely to academics writing for other academics. Gaston Roberge’s Chitra-Bani (1974) was an exception; so is this book. Ujjal Chakraborty, a filmmaker, composer, artist and passionate film fan, has given us an excellent study of the aesthetics and mechanics of narrative cinema. This well-illustrated volume should be useful as a textbook in film schools, but its value for ordinary film enthusiasts is even higher.

Chakraborty takes the reader on a step by step tour of the entire process of film-making, exploring how the magic of great cinema stems from the conceptualisation of characters, the construction of dialogue, the design of sets and costumes, the selection of locations, the scaling of actors’ voices and even the utilisation of the natural contours of their faces. Every contention is illustrated, with examples from classic films by Charlie Chaplin, Akira Kurosawa, Jean Luc Godard and Satyajit Ray. Even those who know the films well would...

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