SWAMP WATER (Jean Renoir, 1941)

Walter Brennan had already won three undeserved Oscars when Jean Renoir, stranded in Hollywood during the war, drew from him the performance of a lifetime as Tom Keefer, a man hiding from the law in Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp after having been sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. Regrettably, producer Darryl F. […]

VĀNAPRASTHAM (Shaji N. Karun, 1999)

In discussing Theodore Dresier’s Sister Carrie students sometimes fail to appreciate that Carrie’s success as a stage actress did not confer status on her—that indeed actresses in the U.S. in Carrie’s day were regarded as little better than prostitutes. I thought of this while watching Shaji N. Karun’s fine, somber, leisurely Vānaprastham, about a low-caste […]