How often do films disappoint us with a predictable or box-office driven ending? How many times did Directors have to change their film’s end to satisfy production studios or social/censorship pressure? Sholay with its censor-forced end, Superman II with a studio-changed director, and Ek Duje Ke Liye with a socially-forced end – countless others will come to mind. Here we look at two movies whose directors did not flinch while taking us to their logical climax.
The most vicious satire ever written. How can a movie make us laugh uncontrollably about the end of the world? Just that Kubrick could be ambitious to even think so is an achievement, that he succeeded brilliantly defies any description. Sellers shines in the triple role, and if he had not broken a leg, he would’ve done a quartet. The intelligent script, the innumerable comic scenes, and memorable dialogue. Pickens, as Major Kong, was reportedly not told by Kubrik that the film was a dark comedy – for the patriotic speeches of medals and decorations to the B52 crew that now seem so funny.
Like 2001, Dr. Strangelove also depicts technology invented by man, functioning as designed, but leading him to disaster. And both of these cinematic triumphs made by Kubrik, who was obsessed with technology. Go figure!
Philosophical, profound, objective and fair, and dealing with a controversial theme. Technically brilliant, emotionally powerful without being manipulative. Tim Robbins shines as Director, and Sarandon and Penn deliver stunning performances.
Sarandon’s performance shines as if she lives her character and is truly the deeply spiritual person embodied by Sister Helen. Penn, on the other hand, is powerful with details of his mannerisms, expressions, and body language. There is no feel-good ending manufactured for the box-office. Pandit Vishwamohan Bhat contributed to the score, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan provides the perfect backdrop for the end credits.
Dersu Uzala – a personal favorite of Kurosawa. Dersu’s “Kapitan” cry still rings in my ears.
Dhyasparva – A Marathi film about a taboo subject. I wish they made more Marathi movies like this one!
Duck Soup – The Marx brothers at their best! Prepare for severe stomach ache before watching.