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How do big filmmakers say 'action'

MK Raghavendra, a film critic and scholar, recognised for his outstanding writing by the means of a National Award, has penned a compendium of 50 most-iconic directors in the modern era, ranging from Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg to home-grown luminaries such as Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Ritwik Ghatak and, of course, Satyajit Ray.


(From left) George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola at the 79th Academy Awards. PIC/ AFP

Pedro Almodovar, Luis Bunuel and Abbas Kiarostami and others — filmmakers most associated with the ‘World Cinema’ tag, complete the picture for most film buffs.

Though Raghavendra warns that the book should be read critically and not as an exhaustive collection, it can appeal to most cineastes, accomplished and the uninitiated, and makes for an enjoyable read with succulent-yet-abbreviated details on how the wheels of thought whirled imperceptibly creating modern classics that beckon a tireless and endless watch till today. Pick this one up as good cinema writing is a rare gem these days!

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