Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema

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Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema

Post  pinhedz on Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:43 pm

Deriving his screen persona from the smirk and swagger of Clark Gable, the heightened emotions and showmanship of Gene Kelly and most importantly Charlie Chaplin's underdog heroism and sense of pathos, Kapoor totally ruled during his time.

"Raj Kapoor's singular and gargantuan talent subsumes a variety of influences and affinities -- Chaplin, Frank Capra, Orsen Welles -- with even a touch of Russ Meyer apparent in the later work. At times, his oeuvre recalls the work of a 19th-century European literary giant whose sympathy for the underdog, protean activity, inexhaustible energy and penchant for excess earned him fame and a national reputation as early in life as Kapoor. Yes, Raj Kapoor is -- to a degree -- the Victor Hugo of Indian cinema."

-- Elliott Stein

This spring, Washington DC pays a long overdue tribute to this towering genius:

12 May -- Where the Ganges Flows

19 May -- My Name Is Joker

26 May -- Bobby

9 June -- Stay Awake

26 June -- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

28 June -- God, Your River is Tainted

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Re: Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema

Post  pinhedz on Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:46 pm

But something seems to be missing--why is Awaara Hoon not on the schedule? scratch


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