Cinematic Styles In Sholay, Women On The Verge Of Nervous Breakdown, And Amores Perros

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Sholay, Women on the verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Amores Perros have very different cinematic styles; yet, are equally able to convey their messages effectively to their audience. These films span four decades (from the 1970s to 2000s), take place in very different countries; however, are all connected in that all three films are masterful works of cinematic genus and that globalization greatly affected each film.

Sholay, a 1975 Bollywood masala film directed by Ramesh Sippy, plays a huge role as the national allegory of India during a turbulent time when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency. During this time Indira Gandhi suspended constitutional rights and jailed thousands of political opponents. This time period was marked with uncertainty; thus, reflected in the national Cinema of the time. Sippy used his film as a means to start a dialogue and social commentary of the situation in India. This critic can be seen in the themes of nature versus culture, the encroachment of nature upon culture, and the meaning of civilization in wilderness found in the film. These themes being an extension of the idea that there really is no justice and that if you want justice to prevail one must take action into his or her own hands. Sippy was able to makes these ideas come alive in a very similar manner than “spaghetti westerns” that portrayed outlaws who searched for justice in an unjust world in large part to globalization and the spread of different ideologies that made individuals question their society and compare it to the rest of the world.

Women on the verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a Spanish black comedy drama film, was released in 1988 and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. This film reflects a Post-Franco Spain in which individuals feel free to express their ideas with less fears of being prosecuted. During this time in Spain there was resurgence in the arts and Almodóvar was a filmmaker who helped rebuild Spain’s cinema industry after the Franco dictatorship. Almodóvar films are marked by complex narratives, employ the codes of melodrama and use elements of pop culture, popular songs, irreverent humor, strong colors and glossy décor. Additionally one of Almodóvar most important themes in his films was the idea of identity, which is a very important theme that Spain faced. What would it mean to be Spanish in a Post-Franco society? During this time trade liberation in Spain had started to become more open even signing a trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association. The economy in Spain opened up allowing for globalization. An influence of globalization can be seen in all the pop culture reference and iconic art pop found in the film.

Amores Perros, a 2000 Mexican drama film directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu depict the harsh income disparity found in Mexico. A society in which people can be geographically close, but never come in contact with one another because of their social-economic status until a car...

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