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V for Vendetta (2005), Directed by James McTeigue


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

V for Vendetta (2005): James McTeigue's exemplary adaptation of Alan Moore's highly influential graphic novel

A tale of a masked vigilante's struggle against a fascist regime in a futuristic dystopia

A Potpourri of Vestiges Guest Post

By Nikhil Gupta

Featured in IMDb Critic Reviews

V for Vendetta (2005) By James McTeigue
IMDb Ratings: 8.2
Genre: Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
Cast: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves
Country: USA | UK | Germany
Runtime132 min

SummaryThe futuristic tale unfolds in a Great Britain that's a fascist state. A freedom fighter known as V uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressive society. He rescues a young woman from the secret police, and she becomes his unlikely ally.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Biopic Film Festival (24th – 26th July 2014) - A Cine experience at American Center Auditorium

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Biopics - A Cine experience, Poster, The Embassy of United States of America, American Center, Cinedarbaar, 24th – 26th July 2014
"Biopics - A Cine experience" Poster
A great opportunity is just around the corner for the cineastes in Delhi and surrounding areas. The Embassy of the United States of America in collaboration with Cinedarbaar is organizing a cinematic feast—‘Biopics - A Cine experience’—for the diehard enthusiasts of world cinema from 24th – 26th July at the American Center Auditorium, 24, Kasturba Gandi Marg, New Delhi - 110001. During the course of the three-day-long film festival as many as six specially curated biopics would be screened viz. Ed Wood (1994), Lenny (1974), Auto Focus (2002), I'm Not There. (2007), The Insider (2007), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). And, the best part is that the entry to the festival is free but is on a first come, first served basis. All you need to have is a copy of the festival poster. You can either carry a digital copy of the poster in your smartphone or a printout of the same. Also you would need a valid photo ID card to enter the American Center.

Monday, July 7, 2014

An Ode to Cinema: Top 10 Iconic Portrayals

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It’s been well over half-a-decade since I made a tryst with cinema. Ever since that fleeting moment of everlasting joy when I first lay transfixed under its bewitching influence my unconditional love for this enchanted avenue of endless uncertainties has only grown stronger. Even after having lived hundreds of lifetimes, I still find myself wanting for more. Such is the power of cinema. Once you are caught there’s no escape. The only solace is the want for more. And the more you savor the thirstier you feel. To quench this ever increasing thirst you must strive for more even though you are fully aware that in the wonderland of cinema more is less. I consider myself both the victim and the beneficiary of this endless onslaught. And it’s only appropriate that I contribute my bit in spreading this syndrome to every nook and corner of the planet. I take pride in calling cinema my muse, my whore, my beloved.


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