Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Stalker by Andrei Tarlovsky

Stalker (1979): This indefinable story follows the journey of three men (a teacher and a writer, led by a guide) through "The Zone", a deserted place invaded by debris of civilization and vegetation, in which would find a room supposed to satisfy their most personal desires.

Solaris by Andrei Tarkovski

Solaris (1972) Part I & II: Sometimes referred to as the Russian counterpart of "2001 Space Odyssey", Solaris has little to do with Stanley Kubrick's film. Reflecting on nature, mourning and death, this fascinating science-fiction film is more like a psychological drama in space.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

face to history : Tarkoski

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Nostalghia by Andreij Tarkovsky


The Russian writer Andrei Gorchakov (Oleg Yankovsky) travels to Italy to research the life of 18th-century Russian composer Pavel Sosnovsky, who lived there and committed suicide after his return to Russia.[3] He and his comely interpreter Eugenia travel to a convent in the Tuscan countryside, to look at frescoes by Piero della Francesca. Andrei decides at the last minute that he does not want to enter.
Back at their hotel Andrei feels displaced and longs to go back to Russia, but unnamed circumstances seem to get in the way. Eugenia is smitten with Andrei and is offended that he will not sleep with her, claiming that she has a better boyfriend waiting for her.
Andrei meets and befriends a strange man named Domenico (Erland Josephson), who is famous in the village for trying to cross through the waters of a mineral pool with a lit candle. He claims that when finally achieving it, he will save the world. They both share a feeling of alienation from their surroundings. Andrei later learns that Domenico used to live in a lunatic asylum until the post-fascistic state closed them and now lives in the street. He also learns that Domenico had a family and was obsessed in keeping them inside his house in order to save them from the end of the world, until they were freed by the local police after seven years. Before leaving, Domenico gives Andrei his candle and asks him if he will cross the waters for him with the flame.
During a dream-like sequence, Andrei sees himself as Domenico and has visions of his wife, Eugenia and the Madonna as being all one and the same. Andrei seems to cut his research short and plans to leave for Russia, until he gets a call from Eugenia, who wishes to say goodbye and tell him that she met Domenico in Rome by chance and that he asked if Andrei has walked across the pool himself as he promised. Andrei says he has, although that is not true. Eugenia is with her boyfriend, but he seems uninterested in her and appears to be involved in dubious business affairs. Later, Domenico delivers a speech in the city about the need of mankind of being true brothers and sisters and to return to a simpler way of life. Finally, he plays the fourth movement of Beethoven's Ninth and immolates himself. Meanwhile, Andrei returns to the mineral pool to fulfill his promise, only to find that the pool has been drained. He enters the empty pool and repeatedly attempts to walk from one end to the other without letting the candle extinguish. As he finally achieves his goal, he collapses.

Andreï Rublev by Andrei Tarkovsky

Andreï Rublev (1966) part I & II: In this biography of a painter of religious icons, Tarkovsky realizes a realistic but grandiose portrait of Russian fifteenth century, and delivers a meditation on the religious conflict, the role of the art and the power of nature.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Ivan's childhood by Andrei Tarkovski

Ivan's childhood (1962) :For his first feature film, awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Andrei Tarkovsky follows the cruel adventures of a scouting boy in the Russian army. The marks of his cinema are already there: images of a powerful beauty, a pronounced taste for contemplation and a poetic staging of the difficulties of existence.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Give the “Pygmalion effect” a shot sometime

Give the “Pygmalion effect” a shot sometime

Inculcating the The Pygmalion effect in to one’s day to day life could have overwhelming benefits. It could be used as positive self talk………..
So, What’s the Pygmalion Effect? – The Pygmalion effect is sometimes referred to as the “Self Full-filling Prophecy” and has a similar meaning. It’s a phenomenon whereby higher expectations tends to drive people and make them more efficient, improving their performance in anything that they undertake. When expectations are laid, there is a higher chance of growing and similarly the opposite ie. when less if expected from someone then they tend to perform poorly.
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For example, if someone wants to learn something or wants to improvise on some part of their life and if he/she  is constantly reminded that they’re doing good and that they could do far better if they put in some extra effort; could have a overwhelming effect on their self. A person, consciously or unconsciously is driven by these thoughts and inputs and therefore act in a way that is consistent with that expectation.
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Another good example was portrayed by George Bernard Shaw in his popular play – Pygmalion. I don’t know how many of you have watched the play: “Pygmalion“or the movie: “My Fair Lady (1964)“; If you did, then you may remember Miss Eliza Doolittle – a simple flower girl who was transformed into a beautiful, well-mannered, lady by Sir. Henry Higgins (The Protagonist) who basically sets high expectations from her and eventually she turns out to become what she was destined to be – A duchess. Over the course of time, Eliza acted consistent in lines with the expectation that were laid upon her and at the end she saw a transformation in her life, something that she always dreamt of.
Speaking of how we could inculcate this in our lives is rather easy and I believe we all can benefit from this. It’s a win-win situation. Let’s say your friend or a beloved or your team is trying to get something done or trying to learn some new skills or the like – you could help them by setting high expectations which would consciously or unconsciously help them improve. Same goes if you set them for yourself.
Set high and positive expectations for yourself no matter what and work on them. You’ll see your life changing!
As ever, Dream on – Anirudh

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Sanaa El Alaoui , Ambassador of Mun.

Invincible. Ambitious. Originative - Meet Sanaa Alaoui from Morocco who shall serve as the Ambassador of BMEMUN 2018.

Saturday, February 10, 2018