Adoor Gopalakrishnan

  • Adoor Gopalakrishnan – Naalu Pennungal (2007)

    2001-2010Adoor GopalakrishnanDramaIndia
    Naalu Pennungal (2007)
    Naalu Pennungal (2007)

    A drama centered around four women at Kuttanad in Kerala’s Alappuzha district.Read More »

  • Adoor Gopalakrishnan – Mukhamukham AKA Face to Face (1985)

    Adoor Gopalakrishnan1981-1990ArthouseIndiaPolitics
    Mukhamukham (1985)
    Mukhamukham (1985)

    Mukhamukham arouse controversy as the theme of the film was the degeneration of leftist politics and came under attack from the leftist parties of Kerala.

    “Even before it was released there were rumours that it was an anti-communist film. When it was released, it was criticized as anti-communist. I think it has something to do with film literacy. We are not able to react to a film naturally. Instead we are aghast that a communist drinks alcohol and we pick on that. That is not the way to approach a work of art.” – AdoorRead More »

  • Adoor Gopalakrishnan – Swayamvaram AKA One’s Own Choice (1972)

    1971-1980Adoor GopalakrishnanArthouseDramaIndia

    Swayamvaram is a Malayalam feature film written and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Critically acclaimed upon release, the film marked Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s debut in feature film. The film starkly portrayed the middle class angst of the post-Nehruvian society and the transition of Kerala’s middle class into a modernist society. Although the economic and social crises of the middle class is pervasive in the film, the emphasis is on the existential problems at an ontological plain. This film marked a transition in Malayalam film aesthetic as it was the first break with social realism and an attempt to come to terms with the disillusionment in ideologies.Read More »

  • Adoor Gopalakrishnan – Kodiyettam (1977)

    1971-1980Adoor GopalakrishnanArthouseDramaIndia

    Adoor’s second feature film made five years after Swayamvaram achieved commercial success in Kerala, while reaching an artistic height.

    Its structure is that of a festival in a village temple. I wanted to create an intimate experience of everyday rural life. It is structured in such a way as to look natural, as if there are no outside interventions. During the course of the film, the festival comes full circle, parallel to it is the inner development of the character as well.Read More »

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