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The Comfy Night-In : Film Guide

Hello!

With the week having just started , there’s nothing more that I’m looking forward to than a ‘night-in’. Due to our stressful work or study schedules, we barely get time for our selves to simply lie down at home in our comfy beds and enjoy a movie marathon or even enjoy reading a book . I do know that sometimes even though we have an inclination to watch a good film, we spend more time in thinking what to watch rather than actually going ahead and watching it. In this post, I wanted to share some of my personal favorites that one must watch , (incase you haven’t already) along with sharing a little section of my collection for some film-spiration for your next buy!

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My comfy night-in is not complete without some jasmine tea and a soothing candle burning! I must admit, I do keep little jars of goodies for nights like these incase I get sudden pangs of hunger. I have been reading Midnight’s Children and hence that is also usually placed on my bedside table. On certain nights when I don’t feel like reading or straining my eyes, I go on to www.audible.com  and listen to any of the books that I’ve downloaded!

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Here are some Indian classics that should be on your priority watch list 🙂

Mandi , Ankur , Nishant , Suraj ka Sathva Godha by Shyam Benegal

Pather Panchali , Aparajito , Apur Sansar , Shatranj ke khiladi by Satyajit Ray

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About a year ago, I decided to buy the Absolute 40 films collection from www.flipkart.com which was a great deal! It’s not sale on Flipkart as of now but if you do have any discount coupons make sure you use this. The films listed in bold are my personal favorites and must buys if you can get hold of them individually! The synoposis’ of the films are from Flipkart.

1. Bicycle thieves.  

A 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of a poor man searching the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle, which he needs to be able to work.

 2.The Birth of a nation.

Set during and after the American Civil War, the film was based on Thomas Dixon’s The Clansman, a novel and play.

 3.King Kong.

 An expedition exploring a remote island. Capture a gigantic ape & bring him back to New York for exhibition. A beautiful actress who accompanies them is menaced when the monster’s love for her causes him to break out. The original blockbuster in spectacular black and white.

4.The grapes of wrath.

Oklahoma in the Thirties is a dustbowl and dispossessed farmers migrate westward to California. After terrible trials en route they become little more than slave labor. Among the throng are the Joads who refuse to knuckle under. A broken family in the greatest American migration

5.The general

Johnnie loves his train (The General) and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil begins he is turned down for service because he’s more valuable an engineer. Annabelle thinks it’s because he’s a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnny must rescue both his loves. The #1 Silent film of all time

6.The duck soup

The Marx brothers’ duck soup is widely considered as the slapstick team’s masterwork. A madcap script which is mockingly surreal, it is the chronicle of a war fever that swallows up the imaginary nation of Fredonia when Groucho becomes its dictator. The best comedy from Marx brothers

7.Rome open city

The films follow the fate of several Romans during the last days of the German occupation. Rome, Open City is considered as a major turning point in film history and as a testament to the film’s lasting impact. Jean-luc-Godard famously said All roads lead to Rome Open City. A landmark of Italian Neorealism

8.Lady from shanghai

The story is outwardly uncomplicated: a seaman Michael O’Hara (Orson Welles) is hired as a crew member on the yacht of the wealthy banister (Everett Sloane). His beautiful but mysterious wife Elsa (Rita Hayworth) has met O’Hara earlier when he saved her from a mugging.

9.Laura

One of the most famous murder mysteries ever, it is the story of a wealthy journalist who gets captivated by a gorgeous young career women named Laura. One of the top 5 mystery films of all time

10.Battleship potemkin

Regarded as one of the most significant works in the history of silent pictures, as well as possibly Eisenstein’s supreme work, Battleship Potemkin brought his theories of cinema art to the world in a powerful showcase. One of the most influential films of all time

11.Public Enemy

In the 1930’s, The public Enemy crystallized the theme of Little Caesar and delved even more deeply into the making of a gangster. Directed by William Wellman the film follows two young boys and their growth from shoplifters to hardened criminals. A classic gangster film

12.Key Largo

Frank (Humphrey Bogart) visits a rundown hotel run by crippled James Temple (Lionel Barrymore) and his daughter-in-law Nora (Lauren Bacall), widow of Frank’s friend from the war. A great Bogart in a greater Huston classic

13.The lost Weekend

From the director of Sunset boulevard’ and Some like it hot’

14.Mr.smith goes to washington

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state’s senator-presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Pain. Frank Capra at his greatest.

15.Gaslight

Beautiful and trusting, Paula Anton (Ingrid Bergman) is slowly tormented by mysterious happenings in her luxurious Victorian home. A spine chilling thriller

16.The Last emperor

The film tells us the true story of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi, the last emperor of the Chinese Ching Dynasty depicted from 1908 to 1967 when China made its transition from feudalism to Republic. It is now widely considered as a modern classic. Winner of 9 Oscar Awards

17.Triumph of the will

Commissioned by Hitler, this is a documentary on 1934 Nazi party convention in Nuremberg which glorified Hitler as the true leader who will bring glory back to the nation and emphasized Germany as a great power. The most powerful propaganda film of all time

18.Children of heaven

Devoid of cynicism of post-modern dramas, this heart-warming film tells the story of nine year old Ali, who loses his sister Zahra’s newly repaired shoes. The ultimate Iranian Classic

19. 12 Angry Men

In New York City, this riveting story begins in the midst of a jury deciding on a first degree murder charge. The twelve men must determine, collectively, whether the accused is innocent or guilty of the charge of murder. One of the best courtroom dramas ever.

20.Brief Encounter

In this classic British drama, Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) is a housewife whose marriage is not everything she desires it to be. A classic British romance

21.Long voyage

Home After a night of revelry in the West Indies, the crew of the Glencairn return to the tramp steamerand set sail for Baltimore. John Ford’s epic starring John Wayne.

22.Letter from an unknown woman

The film is about Joan Fontaine who is left by pianist Louis Jourdan, then romantically meets him again, but when he receives her last letter years later finds he cannot remember her.

23.Monsieur Verdoux

Chaplin’s classic comedy

24.Camille

Based on Alexandre Dumas Fils’ La Dame aux Camlias, the film depicts a doomed romance of a courtesan in 19th century Paris. One of Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Movies in 2005

25.The cabinet of Dr.Caligari

Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) plays the title character, a sinister hypnotist who travels the carnival circuit displaying a somnambulist named Cesare. The most amazing story ever Screened

26.Dodsworth William

Wyler’s Dodsworth was chosen by Sight and Sound magazine as Best Movie of the 1930s. From the director of Ben Hur

27.Paths of glory

In the third yearofWorld War I, the erudite but morally bankrupt French general Broulard orders his troops to seize the heavily fortified “Ant Hill” from the Germans. A Stanley Kubrick Classic

28.Shadow of a doubt

Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Newton is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need. Hitchcock’s Personal favourite

29. 81/2

Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s 8 (Otto e mezzo) turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of cinema. Fellini’s Masterpiece

30.Time

Two years into a steady relationship with Ji-Woo, See-hee is at unrest. Constanly doubtful, she imagines that he may soon abandon her for someone new. From the director of Spring,Summer,Fall,Winter…and Spring

31.Metropolis

Considered as one of the most influential science fiction films ever, it was also the most expensive film from the silent era. Hitler’s Favourite film

32.Seven Samurai

‘The greatest Action movie ever made.’

33.Bob the Gambler

To be the first film of the French New Wave- Chicago Sun-times

34.Diary of A Chambermaid

Diary of A Chambermaid was a crucial turning point in Luis Bunuel’s Career

35.Infernal Affairs

A new era for Hong Kong filmmaking – New York Times

36.The Human Beast

One of Gabin’s greatest performances – TV guide

37.The soft skin

A tale of truly modern Love.

38.Wild strawberries

Bergman’s warmest..finest film..astonishingly moving performance- Time Out 39.

39.Chunking express

Intoxicating and Irresistible – The Washington Post.

40.Crossing the bridge

Fatih Akin’s engaging and lively homage to the spirit of Istanbul is an inspired portrait of Turkish music. A musical Turkish delight!

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Finally, if you’re not in the mood for anything too heavy this list is perfect for you! I’d like to call this my chick flick guide (in no specific order), which is perfect for a girly sleepover/slumber party! All the films are available on DVD in store or on flipkart. They are also available online but pay for cinema, people!

Click on the name of the film to watch the trailer 🙂

1.Mean Girls 

2. 13 going on 30

3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

4. Brides Maids

5. A Cinderella Story

6. Amelie

7. Bridget Jones Diary

8. Clueless

9. Father of the bride

10. The Notebook

11. Legally Blonde

12. Sex and the City

13. The Princess Dairies

14. Grease

15. Wild Child

16. Just Married

17. For the Shahrukh Khan fans – Dilwale dulhanya le jaenge (DDLJ) , Kuch kuch hota hai (KKHH) , Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (K3G) , Kal ho naa ho , Karan Arjun

18. Andaz Apna Apna

Hope you guys  enjoy some of these films over a yummy cup of hot chocolate over the week/weekend . We all deserve a lazy movie night, don’t we? 😉

Ps: What are your favorite films ? Comment below and let me know!

Till we meet again,

Sara

Mélange of Musings is a blog by Sara Suri. She's currently pursuing a Masters in Sociology but through this blog that shares her gastronomic adventures, travel tales, Delhi diaries and fashion & beauty takes.

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