Cannes 2021 and Judoka A book by Thierry Fremaux

Cannes film festival has begun today and it will revitalize the film fraternity across the globe till 17th July 2021. Nothing could stop the Cannes film festival as it is just last year it was canceled. Usually, the Cannes film festival is held in May but this year it has been postponed to July.

All film lovers, actors, and art lovers who are eying this event as the most spectacular as this year, the man who started ‘New Wave’ the proponent Jean-Luc Godard will be receiving a lifetime achievement award. It is worth reading his interviews and if possible to watch his speech.

It is Godard who created a new language of cinema and set it free from the bondage of capitalism and technicality. There were many who stood with him, his close associate Francois Truffaut, Robert Bresson, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette, Agnès Varda with legendary cinematographer Raoul Coutard.

It is their work that is taught and discussed in film schools across the world. There will millions of fans who will be accessing this festival through internet.

When I look back, technology has altered our life cinema has moved from Big screen to mobile screen and OTT is generating new content. The times are changing but what remains constant is art.

Judoka A book by Thierry Fremaux is vital to take away from this Cannes. Thierry Fremaux who has wrote on cinema aesthetics earlier, this time it is a book about how the cinema has developed from old masters to contemporary film makers. This book is a must-read for any film students or film lovers as it reveals the creative pursuits of directors and aesthetic representation.

 

Paint it black

In the time of the pandemic, I recall the iconic song. ‘Paint it black’ by Rolling stone.  It’s an opening track of their 4th album released in Aftermath (1966). It was hit number one in Billboard’s top 100. Mick Jagger the lead singer of the band said it just a song, it is up to you how you take it. Critics tagged it with drug songs and songs related to death.

If you ask me, I will say it is sheer poetry played with music. It becomes punchier with the falsetto style. I see it as poetry as it offers multidimensional meanings it. Hollywood fraternity used this song in the movie Full Metal Jacket and it became a song for Vietnam War.

The decade of 1960s brought many changes to the lives of society. The world changed from then onwards. As we always see the reflection of society into art. This song reflects it like a mirror. The ongoing war, technological change, and rising industry. Rolling Stone is one of the bands that carry hippie rendition with their newly developed style full mix of rock, acid, pop, and grunge. The so-called Bad boys’ group together rocked the floor for more than 50 years now. It was the first time when Brian Jones played Sitar in this song.

I see a line of cars
And they’re all painted black
With flowers and my love
Both never to come back

I’ve seen people turn their heads
And quickly look away
Like a newborn baby
It just happens everyday

I look inside myself
And see my heart is black
I see my red door
I must have it painted black

Maybe then, I’ll fade away
And not have to face the facts
It’s not easy facing up
When your whole world is black

It is time and it is changing, the way LP was replaced with Cassette and then came the CD, DVD replaced with free online music. I am sure the time will change but it will change for the better. There will be a better time but the mojo of this song will reign.

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विल्यम शेक्सपिअर च्या काळातील एक हरवलेले पान

नमस्कार मित्रांनो हरवलेले पान , या पॉडकास्ट या सदरात तुमचं स्वागत आहे 

मी तुमचा आभारी आहे. 

तुम्ही माझे हरवलेले पान हे पॉडकास्ट ऐकलेत तुम्हाला आवडले तुमच्या प्रतिक्रियाही मिळाला त्यामुळे नुकतेच माझ्या हातात आलेले विल्यम शेक्सपिअर च्या काळातील एक हरवलेले पान तुमच्या समोर सादर करीत आहे.  विल्यम शेक्सपियर नाटक का ज्याने 37 नाटक केली होती.  आज इंग्रजी साहित्याची ओळखच त्याच्यापासून होते विल्यम शेक्सपियर चे रोमिओ-ज्युलिएट हे नाटक तर सर्व ज्ञात आहे जवळजवळ सर्व देशांमध्ये त्यावर चित्रपटही बनलेआहेत.  

विलियम शेक्सपियर चे आजचे माझे हे हरवलेले पान एका लेखकाच्या कलाकृती मागील गोष्ट सांगते. रोमिओ-ज्युलिएट विलियम शेक्सपियर चे प्रसिद्ध झालेले नाटक आपल्याला ही पात्रे तर ओळखीचे आहेतच, पण तुम्हाला कधी असा प्रश्न पडला का नाही ही पात्रे खरी होती का नाही? का ही फक्त विल्यम शेक्सपियर नावाच्या एका लेखकाची एक कल्पनाच होती चला तर मग 14 व्या शतकात लुगी डा पोर्टो हा इटालियन लेखक होता 

त्याने त्याकाळी चौदाव्या शतकात रोमिओ-ज्युलिएट एक दंतकथा ऐकली त्यावर त्याने पुढे एक लघुकथा लिहली.  त्यानंतर सोळाव्या शतकात एका फ्रेंच लेखकाने रोमिओ-ज्युलिएट लघुकथेवर एक मोठे काव्य लिहिले, विल्यम शेक्सपिअर च्या जेव्हा हे सोळाव्या शतकात लक्षात आले तेव्हा त्याला त्या दंतकथे मधील पात्रे, त्या दंत कथेचे स्वरूप अशी  पार्श्वभूमी बघून लक्षात आले की यावर एक आपण नाटक रचले तर? विल्यम शेक्सपियर ने मुख्य पात्रांची नावे हीच ठेवा व उर्वरित  पात्रांची नावे बदलली पण मुख्य कथेचे स्वरूप त्याच्यातील घटना या तशाच ठेवल्या जश्या पूर्वीपासून प्रसिद्ध असलेल्या कथेमध्ये होत्या. त्यात काही गावे व जागांचा उल्लेख ही होता. विल्यम शेक्सपिअर  ने  तो तसाच्या तसा ठेवल्या.  आजही या जागा पर्यटकांचा पर्यटकांना आकर्षित करतात. 

मलाही गंमत वाटते की एका लेखकाची कल्पना शतकानुशतके आपल्याला कशी मंत्रमुग्ध करते आणि जगात कितीतरी असे  कितीतरी  लेखक-कवी फिल्म डायरेक्टर त्यातून प्रेरणा घेतात.  

रोमिओ ज्युलिएट हे नाटक विल्यम शेक्सपियर ने नक्कीच एका इटालियन दंतकथे वरून प्रेरीत होऊन रचलेले नाट्य आहे.  आपण याला प्रेरणा म्हणू शकतो. साहित्याच्या एका प्रकारात ती  दंतकथा होती नंतर कथा झाली  नंतर काव्य  झाले आणि त्यातून नाटकाची रचना झाली बरेचशे बदल हि  झाले  पण त्याची जादू अजूनही कायम आहे.  

विल्यम शेक्सपियर हा तसा भारतीयांच्या पण ओळखीचा, त्याची बरीच नाटकं भारतीय सिनेमांमध्ये रूपांतरित  करून घेतली गेली आहेत. 

विल्यम शेक्सपियर चे एक नाटक ऑथेल्लो आणि त्यातील प्रसिद्ध पात्र डेस्डेमोना, जिओवांनी बॅटीस्टा गिराल्डी इटलीमध्ये त्याकाळी लेखक होता जिराल्डी त्यांनी  एक लघुकथा लिहिली होती त्याचं नाव त्यामधील पात्र जे होतं डेस्डेमोना, हि  कथा लघुकथा त्याकाळी युरोपमध्ये खूप प्रसिद्ध होते 

विल्यम शेक्सपियर ला त्यावरून प्रेरणा मिळाली त्यांनी एक संपूर्ण नाटक रचले ऑथेल्लो  नाटक रचताना  त्यातील कलाकार, त्यांचा बाज राजकीय सामाजिक स्थळ,-काळ याचे समीकरण, संवाद,  स्वागत यांचे अजब मिश्रण करून एक आयाम कथेला त्यांनी बहुआयामी बनवले.  विल्यम शेक्सपियर ची पात्रे त्यांची स्वभाव वैशिष्ट्ये आपल्याला आजही आपल्या अवतीभवती सहज सापडतात. 

इटालियन लेखक-कवी गिराल्डी उर्फ सिंधिया चा डेस्डेमोना  आणि कॅप्टन मूर  चे पात्र  विल्यम शेक्सपियरला प्रेरित करते परंतु त्यात त्याने काही मूलभूत बदल केले. विलियम शेक्सपियर ने इन्सिगन लॅगो  हे पात्र डेस्डेमोना कडे  आकर्षित होत नाही त्यामुळे लेगो पात्राचा  स्वभाव  अस्पष्ट आणि गूढ राहतो. तुम्हाला आठवत असेल तर ऑथेल्लो वरून भारतामध्ये विशाल भारद्वाज यांचा ओमकार या नावाचा चित्रपट आला त्यातील लेगो म्हणजे लंगडा त्यागी चे पात्र आणि डेस्डेमोना  म्हणजे करीना कपूर ने रंगवलेले पात्र. . . 

विल्यम शेक्सपिअर ने दंतकथा लोककथे मधील प्रसिद्ध पात्र त्याच्या नाटकात दिसतात पण त्याच बरोबर त्याचे राजकीय सामाजिक संबंध ही तेवढेच प्रबळपणे तू दाखवले.  सिपरस हे त्याकाळी काळातील सागरी बेट व्यापारासाठी प्रसिद्ध होते १४७० ते १५७१ टर्की ने  ते बेट काबीज केले पुढे लेपॅन्टो  लढाई ख्रिश्चन फौजेने ते पुन्हा मिळवून इंग्लंडच्या एक योध्या चा त्यात गौरव झाला पुढे विल्यम शेक्सपियर ने त्याचे पात्र ऑथेल्लो जेम्स  म्हणून पुढे आणले हे भांडण फक्त व्हेनिस आणि ऑटोमन एम्पायर चे दाखवले. 

ऑथेल्लो  पहिली भेट वस्तू जी डेस्डेमोना ला  दिली होती ती होती एक रुमाल, एका ईजिप्शियन मांत्रिका कडून मिळालेला असतो. त्याकाळी पूर्वेकडील देश व त्यांची संस्कृती याविषयी बरयाच  गोष्टी पाश्चिमात्य प्रवासवर्णनात लिहिल्यामुळे प्रचलित झाल्या होत्या त्यातलीच ही रुमालाची गोष्ट 

त्या रुमालावर लिहिलेला एक अक्षर त्यातून निर्माण झालेला पेच प्रसंग,  गुड रहस्य हे कितीतरी चित्रपटात अगदी कालपर्यंत बॉलिवुडमध्ये आपल्याला सहज दिसते.  गिराल्डी च्या  गोष्टीत पण आपल्याला हा रुमाल सापडले 

आज इतक्या वर्षांनी देखील आज इतक्या वर्षांनंतर देखील विल्यम शेक्सपियर चे नाटक व त्यांचा सध्याच्या समाज मानवी नातेसंबंधांची असलेला रूपकात्मक संबंध हा कायम आहे लुईगी दा फोटो या इटालियन लेखकाने लिहिलेले रोमिओ-ज्युलिएट ही लघुकथा असू देत किंवा  जिओव्हानी  बटिस्टा जिराल्डी या लेखकाचे ऑथेल्लो  साठी विल्यम शेक्सपिअर ला मिळालेली प्रेरणा असूदेत. हे सर्व काही एका लेखकांनी दुसऱ्या लेखकाला त्याच्या एका लेखकांनी दुसऱ्या लेखकाला हा दिलेला वारसा म्हणावा की सृजनशीलता वाढवण्यासाठी दिलेली प्रेरणा काही म्हणा या लेखकांच्या कल्पना विश्वातून आकारलेली पात्रे त्यांचा कथाविस्तार आजही आपल्याला भुरळ पाडतो. चला  तर मग शोधूयात आणखी एक हरवलेले पान !

After 500 years Canadian band The Beaches set free Shakespeare’s Desdemona

Rock and Roll of 70s reminds us the freedom of expression and the new beginning of life along with ting of urbanization. Tens and thousands of song written and made human emotions immortal. We find these songs even relevant today.

Canada has always received this Rock and Roll with open heart. Recently a girl band ‘The Beaches’ won Juno award for breakthrough group of the year in 2018 and gave two Billboard No. 1 hits. It is the success of their first album. Jordan and Kylie Miller, Leandra Earl and Eliza Enman-McDaniel who became the prominent rock musicians. They released their 1st EP in 2013.

Sugary pop vocals offers them edge. They have extensively toured Europe pandemic. It is a lockdown period when whole world is stuck, let’s listen their songs to find the stress of 70s. ‘The Story of My Life’ is a crooning song which reminds us Avril Lavin and Alanis Morrison. Their new EP ‘The Professional’ upbeat and stylish music make the numbers more appealing. “Desdemona,” “Want What You Got,” and “Lame” are groovier. “Snake Tongue,” become an anthem for ladies.

The modern day similes makes us follow songs. The excessive use pentameter and alliteration makes them more hard hitting.

Universal music has brought us the rock and roll back once again. Let’s check their songs. I believe if you are a rock and roll music admirer you will not be disappointed. Do give me your feedback. I value your opinion.

Desdemona Shakespearean character from Othello broke all the shakles through the songs by The Beaches. I appreciate the synthesis of literature and contemporary imagery expressed through music. It is intoxicating.

Summer of 69

Brian Adams released this song on 17th June 1985. It is been 35 years, even today when we listen this song it brings back all mojo. Brian Adams and his partner Jim Vallance wrote this song. Let’s take this song for discussion today.

Brian Adams aptly mentions a dilemma of making a music band and making fortune. A typical phase which everyone experience when one leaves college and enters profession. It is surprising to note, it took ten years for this song to be popular in Europe. The song was released in 1985 it became so popular that even in India many Rock bands perform it as a ritual. In all college annual day celebration this song is sang and reciprocated as a phase of life. Later it turns into a metaphor of time. What a beauty of music. We grew up listening songs and music but there are very few number with whom we life our life.

Brian Adams is an Iconic singer, sold more than 100 million records. Brian Adams uses his chest voice. Rock singers normally use head voice but Brian Adams offer full throttle. Truly reign the territory of G4 – C5. 

Brian Adams has adopted many new experiments into his lyrics, singing and rhythm. Let’s discuss it in next article. Do let me know your bite on Brian Adams.

Do What You Can

When all world was stand still, Covid cases were rising, no medicine in sight. All business were closed. People were frightened and praying in siting in home. It is Jon Bon Jovi who put the hope among us to come out of this difficult time. It is his words who started the song and then he asked millions among us to build the lyrics for this song. There are several version of this songs. He selected few lyrics and sang with us.

Tonight, they’re shutting down the borders
And they boarded up the schools
Small towns are rolling up their sidewalks
One last paycheck coming through.
I know you’re feeling kind of nervous
We’re all a little bit confused
Nothing’s the same, this ain’t a game
We gotta make it through

I am sure, you also must have wrote something for this song. Do share it in reply.

I follow Jon Bon Jovi since his 1st album ‘Bon Jovi’. It is one of the rarest album. India got globalized and his latest album Keep the Faith (1992) took Indian youths to shout. He became more popular with the advent of Mtv and Channel V launch in India. It was a cassette era, we use to wait for the cassette as they were sold at very few places in town. These Days (1995). An album with full of nostalgia. Soon the things changed and world became more fast.

Bon Jovi band split for some time. This is a particular time when everyone was expecting anything. Bon Jovi formed his band with different members and launched a complete different lyrics and music for an album Destination Anywhere (1997) it is one of the less talked album, I will discuss it some other article. There come the issues of Y2K and we approached new millennium, suddenly the thinking pattern and business equations changed.  Bon Jovi got united and launched this studio album Crush (2000) now the music in this album is completed changed but lyrics were groovy and rhythm was punchy. They hit the Billboards once again. Bounce (2002) went unnoticed in India when it had many motivating numbers. It is a particular time when mobile telephone with Mp3 and Radio facility was introduced into handset. Have a Nice Day (2005) a more punchy and popular music by Bon Jovi. Music lovers appreciated Bon Jovi for his innovative lyrics and music. Bon Jovi reign the world of Rock n Roll and Popular Music for almost now for 3 decades. Lost Highway (2007), The Circle (2009), The Circle (2009), What About Now (2013) who had poetic lyrics and heart rending music were lost in the transition period of technology. This is how Bon Jovi gave a big bang Burning Bridges (2015). Later This House Is Not for Sale (2016) with Island Records sans Richie Sambora gave some memorable music and then his latest album in last year with a song Do What You Can. It seems to be a promising but I have not listened to it. I find a perfect balance of life into Bon Jovi music. It is sad to listen Bon Jovi without Richie Sambora. But, hey the new members are awesome. You also must be having some memory with Bon Jovi do share it with me.

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Kenny Rogers

On a warm summer’s evening
On a train bound for nowhere
I met up with the gambler
We were both too tired to sleep
So we took turns a-starin’
Out the window at the darkness

This song was recorded in the voice of Kenny Rogers and it was written by Don Schlitz. November 1978 hit casted a spell on the generations. This song of late 70s was written as a country song. It soon became parable of 70s. A character Brady Hawkes a fictional old west gambler was created out of the song and Films for American TV were made. The Gambler 1980,  The Gambler: The Adventure Continues (1983),  The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues (1987), 3.4The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991), 3.5Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (1994). Later some book also were wrote. Kenny Rogers who helped three generations to grow and prosper over 50 years left us in Corona Pandemic last year. Alas, for all fans,  all five of the Gambler films starring Kenny Rogers are being released in one DVD collection—Kenny Rogers:  The Gambler.  This 6-film box set (featuring the movie Coward of the County as a bonus) is essential for Kenny Rogers’s fans.

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Life’s a Pitch

Book by Roger Mavity and Stephen Bayley

A sunny afternoon, usual crowd strolling at the corridor, suddenly a black limousine stops and shofar runs to open the door. A door open and a well-dressed man comes out and suddenly two more men accompany him. He starts walking and goes through the glass door. It is a regular scene at Taj Mumbai. Millions of people dream for this life. It is a dream of many aspirants. Last week, I got one book, Life is a Pitch. This book is written by two successful business men.

Roger Mavity who is a Writer and Photographer, he founded his own advertising agency, Mavity Gilmore Jaume, in 1981. After ten successful years, he sold the business and became Chief Executive of Granada Group’s leisure division. There he led the pitch for the company’s takeover of the Forte Group then with many landmarks in his life he came up with this book. Since 2013 he do writing and photography. He is known for his artwork and it is his first book, ‘Life’s a Pitch’,

Another writer of this book, Stephen Bayley considered as think tank in Britain”, he graduated from Universities of Manchester and Liverpool, he taught at the University of Kent He is a an Honorary Fellow of The RIBA, a Trustee of The Royal Fine Arts Commission Trust and a Fellow of The University of Wales. Today he is one of the leading product designer.

This is a life book which is written by two eminent personalities by putting their own experience, knowledge and observations. As a reader you will be thrilled with many anecdotes, quotes or snippets.

Pitch a word used in advertising. When I saw this book, It triggered my curiosity this book guides us. On each aspect of our life. Be it a professional life, client meeting or a family function. We are always been watched, today with social media each this intensity has crossed all limits.

This book is written and printed in a very reader friendly way. We find, Heading, subheading, into bold and bigger font. Each chapter mentions the take away at the end.  This book is reader friendly, any first time reader will be enticed with book. One can glance and get all the crux in one go.

This books suggests, how any single idea to be presented in business or personal life? Everyone gets one chance. It is up to us how we utilize it.

I recall a take away, “Life is a theater don’t act like an actor think like a playwright.”

The writers have offered various examples from real life, books, business and cinema.

This book guides us on each step of life and business, “a rehearsal is important.” It was another take away. You will find many guide lines to your business, professional life and everyday situations. It is a ready reckoner and an office table book.

I suggest to all professionals, businessmen and students, I signoff my review with a quote from the book. Our life is non-stop, pitch. 

A hundred years of jump cut and fade-outs a book by Shoma Chatterjee

Our country is also known for Indian film Industry. There are thousands of people who earn their livelihood with Bollywood. It is the biggest entertainment industry in the world. There are many book written on Indian Cinema. This time I got an interesting book by Shoma Chatterjee, she is Author, Film Scholar and Academician. She has won two national awards 1991 best book on Cinema 2002 best film critic.

Apart from these Awards. There are several awards she has received at National and international level. She is one of the most. Senior film critic today in India. She has written 18 books till date. She has also been on various Film Festival jury.

As a film critic she brings our attention towards the different aspects and themes used in Indian cinema. As a film goer. Or a cinema student it is necessary to understand the background behind the cinema. One cannot appreciate a film in isolation.

This book helps us to understand the body of work by a director. Satyajit Ray has once said, “Cinema is a reflection of society”. This book is divided into chapters. And each chapter is an independent essay on film. These essays analyzed films on specific parameters and offers us to build our understanding.

It is interesting to see how Indian Cinema has traveled over last hundred years how it has created landmarks. Indian films initially started with drama and literature adaptation. The independent India began with urbanization. This offered a new genre as a Road films in Indian Cinema. Films like Awara and many other made on the same line. The sound brought the playback singing, music composition, dialogue dubbing industry. It paved the way for many music directors, composers, music conductors, singers and many more.

The introduction of color into cinema added the different dimension into cinematic look, each technological development took us much near to the subject. The Indian parallel cinema portrayed the plight of social issues, urban poverty, naxalism, terrorism issues and many subtle subjects which were interwoven into our cultural fabric.

This book also talk about films, which are inspired by our political, social events. Indian cinema portrayed socio-political psychological issues time to time. Industrial development, Industrial exploitation, emerge of mafia and various personalities shaped Indian Cinema over the years. Indian Cinema, since beginning predominantly revolves around human relations and their place in the society. Today when lifestyle has changed but basic DNA remains the same.

Shoma Chatterjee has put focus on various social issues like gender representation, film censorship, inclusion of item number in Indian cinema and much more. It is interesting to read how she cites the examples of literary adaptations in Bollywood.

As a film critic I will say this book offers a broad perspective of Indian Cinema.