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10-03-2012, 10:05 PM #1
Column: Current trend suggests that 'Barfi!' can win at OscarsWhen last year’s most talked-about, admired and awarded film ‘The Artist’ was in its planning stage, it went through hell. Recalls its producer Thomas Langman, “Most of the meetings were very short. Each time we’d say the film is silent and in black and white, the guys would say ‘What’s your next project?’ In the end, I just put in my own money and …,” scooped up applause, accolade or awards galore!
Cut to the beginning of this year when Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy, serving notice to the impending death of celluloid as a movie medium. Writer Kalpana Nair put it beautifully when she wrote “As with every technology that is phased out, the obituaries grow more poignant. Greeting the new while mourning old comes with the territory.”
The main and central reason why nostalgia is bitter-sweet is because the original (claim the pundits) will never be resurrected. Same with black & white films, which everyone assumed had been sent to the ‘archival vaults’ forever. What they didn’t know was a tiny number of films are still using this format to “not only embrace its monochromatic appeal but also transcend it.”
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