– Swayamvaram..1972

Language : Malayalam

Written, Directed and Produced by Adoor Gopalakrishnan

rohit SAYS,

1972 is a very important year for film. This is the year when Francis F Coppola and his crew have recorded some of the greatest and most influential images on a film reel. THE GODFATHER.

What most of us are unaware of is another major happening for film, the influence of which had been restricted to critics, filmmakers, international film festivals and a very selective audience. Down south Adoor Gopalakrishnan captured a story in Ravi Varma’s black and white which is as good as any Godard film.

This masterpiece seems worthy of a ‘Godard rank’ comparison in the very first shot with the rumble of the bus carrying the eloping protagonists. They are not scared, not tensed, just very much in love. And it (the film) doesn’t have a single word (dialogue) said until the 19th minute. Impressed? You should be.

And what Godfather most definitely didn’t have was Sharadha. If someone who looks like that can act like that, the rest of the cast can just give up trying to match her.

Want anyone who reads this to watch the film without asking for more crude details like the plot. I can tell you that by the end of the film you’ll be living inside the house where the film takes place.

Rating – N/A – A film that draws you in.

Cinematography by Ravi Varma

Music by Vijay Bhaskar


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trying to use films and lines as an outlet to my disastrous sense of expression.
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