Monday, May 6, 2013

Movie of the Week – Gandhi

This week’s movie: Gandhi (1982).

The drama follows the life of Mohandas Gandhi, a lawyer who became the leader of the Indian revolts against British rule. His philosophy of non-violent protest made him a hero amongst his people.

Director Richard Attenborough (who many know as John Hammond in Jurassic Park) is known for his epics: A Bridge Too Far (my favorite of his work), Cry Freedom, Chaplin (which I also highly recommend), Shadowlands, and Gandhi, which is the most acclaimed and generally the most beloved of his career. He worked with composer Ravi Shankar, cinematographers Ronnie Taylor and Billy Williams, and production designer Stuart Craig (who also designed the Harry Potter films) on the film.

Ben Kingsley gives the performance of his career in the film and won an Oscar for his work. It is a remarkable transformation. The supporting cast is also very good featuring: Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Richard Griffiths, Om Puri, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Bernard Hill.

Gandhi won eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. It is one of the great cinematic biographies and epics. It is a must-see for those interested in Gandhi, as the film tracks much of his life. It is also a must for fans of Kingsley.

Trailer: Here
Available on: Blu-ray and Streaming

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