Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
Our East Indian theme for this month is : Curried Favors.
Well, Labor Day has passed, & it is now time for the children & teachers to return to school & work. September is upon us, & the Tacoma Film Club is having a love affair with India. Remember our theatrical feature is THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY, playing now at the Grand Cinema. Get yourself to a screening soon.
Join us this Friday, September 5, 2014 for our encore screening of Mira Nair’s endearing lovely film, MONSOON WEDDING (2001). Nair, born in India, was educated at Delhi University & Harvard. She was an actress first, then turned to directing. Her first several films were documentaries.
She has directed 22 films since 1979, including SALAAM BOMBAY! (1988), MISSISSIPPI MASALA (1991), KAMA SUTRA; A TALE OF LOVE (1996), VANITY FAIR (2004), & THE NAMESAKE (2008).
Mira Nair said,”What is really important to me is a sense of humor & a mischief about life. Life can be just too boring otherwise.”
The writer was Sabrina Dhawan, a writer & documentarian working in Bollywood television.
The musical score was by Mychael Danna, who has written 99 movie scores since 1988, including COLD COMFORT (1989), EXOTICA (1994), FELICIA’S JOURNEY (1999), HEARTS IN ATLANTIS (2001), BEING JULIA (2004), CAPOTE (2005), LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (2006), (500) DAYS OF SUMMER (209), & LIFE OF PI (2012).
The cinematography was done by Declan Quinn, who has lensed 53 films since 1984, including FREDDY’S DEAD (1991), THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO (1993), VANYA ON 42ND STREET (1994), FLAWLESS (1999), IN AMERICA (2002), BREAKFAST ON PLUTO (2005), RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (2008).
TRIVIA: This film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (2001), & it was nominated for a Golden Globe. A large portion of the original film footage, including the wedding scene, were destroyed by an airport x-ray machine, & had to be reshot months later when new funding was raised.
MONSOON WEDDING (2001)
Directed by Mira Nair /@ 114 minutes.
The film stars Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, & Shafali Shetty.
Synopsis: A stressed father, a loyal mother, a bride-to-be with a secret, an unorthodox wedding planner & relatives from all over the globe congregate & make much ado about the preparation for an arranged marriage.
Tagline: The rain is coming–and so is the family.
Rotten Tomatoes rates this film at 95% Critic’s Approval & 87% Audience Approval.
Joshua Rothkopf of the CHICAGO READER wrote: “A late radical shift in tone, from jittery exuberance to ruinous alienation, strikes a contemporary note amid all the obeisance to custom.
So mark your calendars for Friday, September 5. 2014, & join the Tacoma Film Club for their screening of MONSOON WEDDING (2001) at the Center For Spiritual Living, the church building we rent for our events, located at 206 N. J Street. Arrive early, around 6:30 p.m. & join many of us downstairs in the kitchen area for food, fun, & fellowship. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages, including wine, to share with others–but please remember to clean up after yourselves, & that no food or drink can be brought into the sanctuary upstairs during the screening. There is a donation box upstairs, & the monies collected assist the Club in renting the space, & covering the other expenses.
See you at the movies!