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October : Ten Days That Shook The World

October: Ten Days That Shook The World is a 1928 Soviet silent historical film by Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov. It is Eisenstein’s visual dynamic account of Russia’s October 1917 Revolution. A masterpiece in world cinema, it is a celebratory dramatization of the 1917 October Revolution , in which Kerensky’s provisional government was ousted by […]

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Battleship Potemkin

Battleship Potemkin, with it’s great work of montage editing, remains one of the most important films of world cinema. Directed by Sergei Eisenstein as a revolutionary propaganda, this silent Soviet film is an account of mutiny and revolt. Eisenstein experimented with film editing techniques that would provide the best emotional response. Battleship Potemkin constitutes five […]

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Black Girl (1966)

One of the most influential Sub-Saharan films, Black Girl (1966) was Ousmane Sembene’s feature debut. Black Girl follows the life of a Sengalese girl Diouana who works for a French mistress as a babysitter to her children. Diouana moves to France to work for the mistress, with hopes of doing good in the big city. […]

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The French Connection (1971)

William Friedkin’s gritty police drama portrays two tough New York City cops trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. An interesting contrast is established between ‘Popeye’ Doyle, a short-tempered alcoholic bigot who is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer, and his nemesis Alain Charnier, a suave and urbane gentleman who is […]

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Chinatown (1974)

Chinatown is Roman Polanski’s neo-noir film of 1974. Considered as one of the greatest films of all time, it received 11 Academy Award nominations for different categories with Robert Towne winning one for ‘best original screenplay’ in 1975. The movie was also honoured with four Golden Globe awards. Chinatown is a unique noir film blended […]

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RAGING BULL ( 1980 )

Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical sports drama film directed by an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor Martin Scorsese considered as one of the major figures of the New Hollywood era and widely regarded as “one of the most significant and influential directors in film history.” Raging Bull sets the story of a […]

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The Battle of Chile (1975, 1976, 1979)

The Battle of Chile is a documentary film, presented in a trilogy, directed by the Chilean director Patricio Guzman with help from four more members. The first part i.e. The Insurrection of Bourgeoisie presents a conflict of interest between the socialists and the capitalists represented by Salvador Allende with the support from the Popular Unity […]

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Moolade (2004)

Moolaadé (Bambara french for “magical protection”) is a 2004 film directed by the pioneer Senegalese writer-director Ousmane Sembène, who is often considered as “the father of African Cinema”. Moolaadé explores the practice of female genital mutilation, a common practice in a number of African and non-African countries and poses itself as an utterly compelling, realistic […]

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The Battle of Algiers (1966)

The Battle of Algiers narrates a chapter of the Algerian War of Independence which played out in the streets of Algiers in the 1950s. The movie is shot in a documentary style on a black-and-white reel, casting non-professional actors (and even real-life survivors) so as to not let stardom intrude on the focus of the […]

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Xala (1975)

A 1975 Senegalese film directed by Ousmane Sembene, Xala is based on Sembene’s 1973 novel of the same title. The word ‘Xala’, in Wolof, translates to temporary sexual impotency. As the name suggests, this satirical comedy follows the life of El Hadji – a Senegalese businessman who becomes afflicted with an erectile dysfunction on the […]