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singing and dancing
written by cammelltoe August 25, 2003 - 10:58 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I am not a bollwood convert, yet. I saw Lagaan and Devadas in the theatre and enjoyed them, but...these movies are ass-killers, pure and simple. Any forward momentum the plot assumes is always willfully waylaid by long, singing flashbacks, digresions, carefully choreographed representations of a character's emotional state, etc. That said, my girlfriend is a fervrent bollywood fan so I continue to see them. SHOLAY is by far my favorite so far. At a mere 204 minutes, it's a breeze compared to some of it's comrades. Film Comment dubbed it a "curry western" and the reference to the italian spagetthi westerns is an apt one; barren desert landscapes, revenge and incredibly sadistic villanry are all on display here. Devdas and Lagaan have better musical numbers in my humble opinion, but as for action, Sholay is tops. Amitabh Bachchan is a unsung hero in the world of cinematic manly men. He reminds me of an even surlier Point Blank-era Lee Marvin (which is a compliment!). And the director, Ramesh Sippy, knows where to put the camera and gets some great, great shots. So if you're not hip to bollywood but are interested, or if you really wish sergio leone made one more western, this is highly recommended. Just make sure you have a comfy place to sit.


(Average 7.11)
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