Wednesday, 10 October 2007


Well, this ought to have been done before the film was screened, but thanks to what iyer considers to be his idea of a joke, i got the invite to the blog late. :P (and not from him).

Anyway, Filmclub'07 's first screening this sem is(was)
NICKELODEON by Peter Bogdanovich.
Nickelodeons were movie theaters with an admission fee of one nickel.

It's easy, the cameraman tells him "These are the actors. This is the camera. Youtell me where to place it, and when you have enough you tell me 'cut.' Nicklodeonis a homage to the childhood days of motion pictures- Slapstick in style andpicaresque in form. Set in 1910, young attorney Leo Harrigan by chance meets amotion picture producer. Immediately he's invited to become a writer for him - thestart of a sensational career. Soon he's promoted to a director and shoots one silent movie after the other in the tiny desert village Cacamonga with a small crewof actors. But Leo has problems as well, such as being hopelessly smitten with hisleading lady, who chooses to reward his attentions by getting herself hitched toHarrigan's vulgar leading man, Buck Greenway who has been sent by the patent agencyto sabotage them.

About the director
Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in America.(haha yes, sounds funny doesn't it!) He originally was an actor in the 1950s. In the early 1960s he achieved notoriety for programming movies at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He was an obsessive cinema-goer,sometimes seeing up to 400 movies a year in his youth. Bogdanovich was influencedby the French critics of the 1950s who wrote for Cahiers du Cinema, especiallycritic-turned-director Fran├žois Truffaut. Bogdanovich was offered the chance to direct The Godfather(1972), but he turned down producer Robert Evans, as did other directors, and only then did Evans hire Francis Ford Coppola. He also turned downchance to direct "Chinatown" (1974).

Here's a youtube link for a preview of the film--

Opinions, thoughts, reviews of the film are welcome. Mail us at (anyone! you dont have to be an nidian)

darn, i just realised..iyer u can still kick me out can't you? shite
image and info--> wikipedia, imdb


Rohit said...
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Rohit said...

"Ooh... iyer is sooooo evil!"

Well, at least your rant was in fine print.

AND it seems like I'm probably the only one reading this right now (Ha!)

I hope you're happy now - your the administrator!

All the best with the blog! :)