XL Popcorn – Shoah / The Music Room

So continueth the dictated film reviews! Damn this wrist!

List Item: Watch all of the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”
Title: Shoah
Director: Claude Lanzmann
Year: 1985
Country: France/UK

This is the longest movie in the 1001 list that does not feature in the TV show book. It is over 9 hours long! And is not an easy 9 hours. Oh no it takes you through the wringer.

For those who do not know about this film it is a 9.5 hour documentary about the Holocaust. The entire thing is told through interviews and visiting the sites in the then modern day. To call it harrowing would be an understatement. At many times, it was very difficult to watch. The worst bits, for me, was when you had the have from the people from the surrounding area laughing when reminiscing. It barely happened, and I hope it is down to nervousness, but it felt beyond cold.

As a rule, I rate every film I see out of 10 on IMDB. How do you rate the film like this? Seriously though. It’s impossible. Sometimes you need of a film like this for the sake of perspective. One day they’ll probably be an equivalent about either Syria or Palestine.

Title: Jalsaghar (The Music Room).
Director: Satyajit Ray
Year: 1958
Country: India

Something completely different and a hell of a lot shorter. Previously, I have seen two of the Apu films so I get some of Ray’s style. The film itself was adapted from a successful short story in the hope of gaining a box office hit. What emerged is an interesting and somewhat touching story of a man so caught up in music and respect that he threw everything away to the point of dereliction.

Usually I do not support characters where pride is such an obvious weakness. However, I really felt for this man. In many ways you could liken him to Ashley in gone with the wind. He would have been fine if he had been born a few generations earlier. The thing is times were changing and there is no way to predict the substantial flooding that decimated his landholdings.

The key parts of this film are set in the music room itself. The mood of the music directly reflects the feelings within the film. He ruins himself in a game of one upmanship against his rich neighbour, but it is by far the most impressive musical section within the film. It is all too easy to see what will happen next, but there is some comfort with him going out on top.

Progress: 472/1007

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