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Before The Rains

Posted in Netflix Instant Movies and TV with tags , , , , , , on May 6, 2009 by watchinginstantly

Ths film is a bit predictable, but manages to remain enjoyable because of the rich scenery, well-developed characters and cultural insights. Set in India in the late 1930’s a British tea and spice merchant’s affair with a popular local village woman, Sajani, leads to a series of events. The period is classic ‘Merchant & Ivory,’ the drama is intense.

The Tiger And The Snow

Posted in Movies, Netflix Instant Movies and TV, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 21, 2009 by watchinginstantly

 The Tiger And The Snow (Italian with English subtitles) is a tour de force for Roberto Benigni .  This is a tender rocket-ship of a movie built around the constantly agitated humanity of its star — who is almost always on screen. His pursuit of his amour forms the central crisis of the movie and takes him from Rome to Bagdhad in the midst of the Iraqi War.

One of my favorite scenes is when Roberto in his role as a poet lectures his university class on the importance of choosing words carefully. He gives a similar talk to his daughters when they ask why he became a poet. He tells them about a wonderous experience he had as a small boy but was unable to express to his mother. This made him think:

“There must be people whose job it is to use the right words, put things in a way who when their hearts beat, can get other people’s hearts to beat. That day I decided to become a poet… If the words aren’t right, nothing is right.”

This is the only one of his films available today on Netflix instant. Many others are available from Netflix as DVDs or will soon be.