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Editor H.N.Narahari Rao Advisory Board, Gautam Kaul Premendra V.T.Subramanian Dilip Bapat Executive Assistance R.Mani Cover and Layout U.T.Suresh Editorial Office Federation of Film Societies of India, th th 230, 45 Cross, 8 Block Jayanagar, Bangalore-560070 Email: ffsico@gmail.com All signed articles in the journal represent the views of the authors and not necessarily of FFSI.

The President and the CEC members of FFSI profoundly thank all the authors who have contributed the articles for IFC-16.

Front Cover Still : Kurmavatara

June 2012

Indian Film Culture- 16
1. Editorial 2. Ray and Tagore by Chidananda Dasgupta 3. Tributes to Chidanand Dasgupta: Some stray thoughts about a friend by Vijaya Mulay Chidananda Dasgupta, The Doyen by Aruna Vasudev Chiduda: Always Inspiring by Parimal Mukherjee Chidananda Dasgupta, the man and the critic by Ranjita Biswas 4. In Memoriam - Theo Angelopoulos by Dan Fainaru 5. Leila and A separation - A comparison by M.K.Raghavendra 6. Film Festivals - Then and Now by David Sterritt. 7. A Tribute to Soumitra Chattopadhyay by Premendra Mazumder 8. Film Criticism today - by H.N.Narahari Rao 9. Chandulal J. Shah - by Rafique Baghdadi 10. Hindi Cinema's Nehruvian Yatra (Journey) by Darius Cooper 11. The Future of Film Society Movement by Sudhir Nandgaonkar 12. Reviews: Kurmavatara - 71, Byari - 74, The Tree of Life - 76 15 19 22 24 28 31 36 42 47 54 59 68 3 5

Chidananda Dasgupta
- A Tribute

Editorial

Chidanand Dasgupta (1921-2011) This issue of Indian Film Culture is dedicated to the memory of late Chidanand Dasgupta, the world renowned film critic and a pioneer of the film society movement in India, who passed away on May 22, 2011, at Kolkata. Born in 1921, Chiduda as he was fondly addressed was best known as a film historian and film critic. He has written over 2000 articles on cinema published in various periodicals of India and abroad. His articles published in British magazine Sight and Sound in the 1960s are considered to be of great significance and that won him international acclaim as a celebrated film critic. It was on October, 5, 1947, in Calcutta that 19 film enthusiasts assembled in a garret in South Calcutta and founded Calcutta Film Society. Chidanand Dasgupta was one among them who took the initiative along with Satyajit Ray, Hari S.Das Gupta, Hiran Sanyal and Radha Mohan Bhattacharya. This group of young film lovers were convinced that there is urgent need for telling the people that there is another kind of cinema in the world that needs to be seen and appreciated.

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The enthusiasm and the passion for cinema of these enthusiasts was so great that they took it up seriously and immediately launched the screenings of such great classics of the world cinema like, Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, David Lean's Brief Encounter(UK), Carol Reed's The Way Ahead (UK), Jean Renoir's This Land is Mine (France), Flaherty's Nanook of the North, Orson Welles's Citizen Kane and many such highly acclaimed films. It was a revelation for many intellectuals and many film lovers who were habituated to see the routine formula films with songs, dance and fights in commercial theatres. It was not that easy to arrange screenings of such films in those days. They had to spend their own personal money, and had to beg the theatre people to spare the hall in the unusual timings like in the morning and procure films from the foreign mission using influence and personal contacts. They did all this but the result was not encouraging at all. Only a handful of people numbering around 50 to hundred used to attend. But they persisted their task with a missionary zeal. It was in 1958 that Chiduda took personal interest and prepared a blue print for building an active film society movement in the country. The document he prepared was for the formation of Federation of Film Societies of India was given a suitable shape with recommendations from Mr....
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