Dir. Guru Dutt (1957).
Not to be missed. This wondrous masterpiece stars Dutt as a homeless poet, suffering from his lover’s betrayal and living on the streets of Calcutta with a young prostitute as his only friend. A bleak view of post-Partition India, its two most memorable passages are a remarkable flashback sequence in an elevator, and a scorching political song sung by the drunken poet in the red-light district. The superb haunting S.D.Burman songs are still popular in India today.
Wed., Oct. 7, 6 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 11, 2:30 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 6, 2009