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Even More Directors Series - Volume Thirty Five - Mira Nair


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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted August 03 2005 - 02:28 PM

Another one suggested by John.


Vanity Fair (2004)
11'09''01 - September 11 (2002) (segment "India")
... aka 11 minutes 9 secondes 1 image (France)
... aka 11 septembre 2001 (Iran: Farsi title)
... aka 11'09''01: Onze minutes, neuf secondes, un cadre (France)
... aka Onze minutes, neuf secondes, un cadre (France)
... aka September 11 (USA)
Hysterical Blindness (2002) (TV)
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
... aka Mariage des moussons, Le (France)
The Laughing Club of India (1999) (TV)
My Own Country (1998) (TV)
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
The Perez Family (1995)
Mississippi Masala (1991)
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
... aka Salaam Bombay! (France)
Children of a Desired Sex (1987) (TV)
India Cabaret (1985) (TV)
So Far from India (1982)
Jama Masjid Street Journal (1979)



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#2 of 18 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted August 03 2005 - 02:29 PM

Films seen:


11'09''01 N/A (don't remember her segment very well)
The Perez Family Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Saw part of Monsoon Wedding (meh). Would like to see a few others.

#3 of 18 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted August 03 2005 - 02:49 PM

1. Mississippi Masala - B+ (Sarita Choudhury was smoking hot in this. Of course it has a lot more to offer)

2. Amelia - C+
3. Monsoon Wedding - C

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Posted August 03 2005 - 03:06 PM

NHONS, though I recognize a title or two.
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#5 of 18 OFFLINE   Kristian

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Posted August 03 2005 - 04:18 PM

1. Vanity Fair Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
2. Monsoon Wedding Posted ImagePosted Image¾
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#6 of 18 OFFLINE   JohnRice

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Posted August 03 2005 - 04:35 PM

Vanity Fair Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image1/2 - All the pieces are there. A fine cast, talented director and a great story. Somehow, it just didn't quite come together.

Perez Family Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image - Nice flick, and OMG did Marisa Tomei look incredible.

Mississippi Masala - I know I've seen this, but can't remember it.

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Posted August 03 2005 - 11:32 PM

Ratings out of Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image


MIRA NAIR (1957 -     )

Vanity Fair (2004)
11'09''01 - September 11 (2002) (segment "India")
Hysterical Blindness (2002)
Monsoon Wedding (2001) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Laughing Club of India (1999)
My Own Country (1998)
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
The Perez Family (1995)
Mississippi Masala (1991)
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Children of a Desired Sex (1987)
India Cabaret (1985)
So Far from India (1982)
Jama Masjid Street Journal (1979)



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#8 of 18 OFFLINE   Rich Malloy

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Posted August 04 2005 - 02:09 AM

I kinda sorta admire some of Nair's films ("Salaam Bombay" and "Mississippi Masala"), but the only one I truly like (and own on DVD) is "Monsoon Wedding". Like Edward Yang, she's especially suited to the East meets West, ancient meets modern culture clash, but her films usually strike me as a bit too obvious, a bit too pat in their conflicts and resolutions, and somewhat airless in the characterizations (cyphers not in the archetypal sense so much as the straight-from-central-casting sense).

These criticisms could well be levied at "Monsoon Wedding" to some extent, but I think perhaps the nature of that shoot - a very brief window for filming, mostly with local amateur cast and crew, and relatively "lo-fi" handheld cinematography, bearing some resemblance to dogme-95 "chastity" - I think all this contributed to a much freer, looser feel in "Monsoon" than her other films.

And if you've listened to her commentary for that film, you know Nair is an exceptionally intelligent person who can precisely verbalize her specific intentions, almost as though she were a scholar of her own films (I'm not sure, but she may have briefly taught film at NYU). But I think she may over-intellectualize most of her films, creating a too obvious dialectic and carefully parsing out anything that might contradict a particular premise or insight, as though a culture or particular person isn't a mass of contradiction, or where contradiction is allowed, isn't traced to some facile root cause. I think she would benefit from a freer, more improvisational approach to cinema, one that allows for the unexpected and the happy accident, the inexplicable contradiction, and the looser rhythms of life. I think she approached this with "Monsoon Wedding".

*I think it's something of a shame that "Monsoon Wedding" didn't get a larger audience, particularly as it came out in the same year as that pathetically two-dimensional yet extraordinarily popular "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".
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#9 of 18 OFFLINE   Kirk Tsai

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Posted August 04 2005 - 07:12 AM

1. 11'09''01 (a necessary, if far too obvious segment)
2. Vanity Fair

#10 of 18 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted August 04 2005 - 10:55 AM

Amelia (2009) /img/vbsmilies/htf/star.gif /img/vbsmilies/htf/star.gif

New York, I Love You (2008) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Namesake (2006) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Vanity Fair (2004) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
11'09''01 - September 11 (2002) (segment "India") Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Hysterical Blindness (2002) (TV) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Monsoon Wedding (2001) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the blu)
The Laughing Club of India (1999) (TV)
My Own Country (1998) (TV)
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996) Posted Image Posted Image
The Perez Family (1995) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Mississippi Masala (1991) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Salaam Bombay! (1988) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Children of a Desired Sex (1987) (TV)
India Cabaret (1985) (TV)
So Far from India (1982)
Jama Masjid Street Journal (1979)

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#11 of 18 OFFLINE   Arman

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Posted August 20 2005 - 03:15 AM

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#12 of 18 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted August 19 2006 - 01:36 AM

Salaam Bombay ***

#13 of 18 OFFLINE   Rich Malloy

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Posted August 21 2006 - 02:56 AM

I've seen Vanity Fair, Kama Sutra, The Perez Family, Mississippi Masala, Salaam Bombay!, and Monsoon Wedding. Honestly, I'm not much moved by Nair's films, which seem to straddle the line between the utterly conventional and the somewhat unique without ever going very far in either direction and never becoming particularly interesting.

I like "Miss Masala" and "Salaam Bombay!" fairly well, but the only Nair film that I recommend without reservation (and which I have in my own collection) is "Monsoon Wedding".

EDIT: whoops, I see I've already responded once before in this thread, and my prior post was a bit more in-depth. So... nothing much to see here!
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#14 of 18 OFFLINE   Martin Teller

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Posted November 18 2006 - 06:16 AM

Migration (2007) - 4/10
Monsoon Wedding (2001) - 7/10
The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat (1993) - 5/10


Salaam Bombay! (1988) - 8/10



#15 of 18 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted May 07 2007 - 03:11 PM

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#16 of 18 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted September 09 2008 - 05:17 PM

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#17 of 18 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted June 02 2010 - 05:33 PM

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Amelia - C+


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Posted July 10 2010 - 09:02 AM

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Amelia (2009) /img/vbsmilies/htf/star.gif /img/vbsmilies/htf/star.gif


Seen 11

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