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Updated: March 27, 2014 20:07 IST

My five

Sriganesh Murthi
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Treasure of Sierra Madre
The Hindu Treasure of Sierra Madre

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

John Huston

This is the perfect choice if you want to narrate a movie as a kid’s bedtime story. Told in the style of a western, the movie’s all about man’s greed and how money can corrupt the soul. It is a story of gold prospectors and how their quest brings up their human frailties.  The ironic ending is brilliant. Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston deliver excellent performances.  

Le salaire de la peur

Henri Georges Clouzot

Translated as “The Wages of Fear”, this movie is the quintessential edge-of-the-seat thriller. One has to watch it to see why a convoluted plot isn’t essential for a thriller. It’s the story of a few out of work men taking on the highly risky task of transferring dynamite on trucks over a dangerous terrain. The element of fear and how it percolates to the viewer is the most admirable aspect of this film. The film is a brilliant narrative by Clouzot who sure has a fetish for fire, having also made Inferno.

Dr. Strangelove

Stanley Kubrick

A brilliant political satire from Stanley Kubrick — a comedy made out of a movie about war — now that’s truly special. You can compare it to Catch-22, which is its approximate equivalent in books, though the styles of humour in both are totally different. Eccentric characters, brilliant dialogues, ridiculous situations all make it a treat to watch. Peter Sellers dazzles in three roles in this movie.

Trois Couleurs Rouge

Krzysztof Kieœlowski

This is the last movie in the ‘Three colours’ trilogy of Blue, White, Red. This series of films by Krzysztof Kieœlowski is a must-watch for its themes, narrative style and amazing soundtrack. The three colours are those in the French flag and symbolise liberty, equality and fraternity. This particular movie is about an intense encounter between a student and a retired judge who have nothing in common, but are connected by chance.

La Meglio Gioventu

Marco Tullio Giordana

A gem of a movie, following the lives of two brothers and their families over a period of 40 years, it was given the “must-watch” award at Cannes. Though the entire cast is fabulous, the characters of Matteo and Giorgia stand out. Some sequences are just perfect (like the jukebox scene), and some are quite moving.

Those that almost made it

Double Indemnity: Billy Wilder

Fargo: Coen Brothers

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Mike Nichols

Mulholland Drive: David Lynch

Laura: Otto Preminger

Sriganesh Murthi is a consultant based in Bangalore.

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