Guru Dutt: A Tragedy in Three Acts

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Penguin UK, Oct 15, 2012 - Performing Arts - 168 pages
Guru Dutt is now named along with the masters of world cinema—like Orson Welles, Mizoguchi, Hitchcock, Jancso, Ophüls—for his innovative cinematic form and his deep humanism and compassion. In Guru Dutt: A Tragedy in Three Acts, renowned film-maker and scholar Arun Khopkar sheds new light on Dutt’s genius through a close examination of Dutt’s three best-known films—Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. With a nuanced eye, Khopkar explores the historical context which influenced Dutt’s deeply melancholic style while also analysing the intricacies of the medium—acting, lighting, music, editing, rhythm—that Dutt carefully deployed to create his masterpieces. Originally written in Marathi, this exquisite English translation paints a layered portrait of a troubled genius for whom art was not merely a thing of beauty but a vital part of living itself.

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About the Author Dedication List of Stills
Read the Proofs
By Way of a Preface
SelfExpression and SelfPortrait
Uniqueness and Suffering
Images of Suffering
In the Realm of Shadows
Attenuated Space and the Intensification of Shadows
The Spurning of Nature
Space Narrowed and Impoverished
Ruin on the Tide of Time
The Frame of Historic Time and the Decentring of the Image
Realism the Box Office and Going beyond Realism
The Reality of Dream Images
Some Relationships
Melodrama and Tragedy

Images and Sound
Darkness Stalled Time Stilled
The Archetype and the Epic

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