The Filmmaking: The Color of Paradise


The very first shot in ‘The Color of Paradise’ (1999) is a blank screen, on which we see titles in Persian. As times passes, we hear some words praising God, some songs, and someone turning on and off a tape recorder, and asking a group of children, whose tape each one is. The screen is…

The Filmmaking: Casablanca – Rick’s Intro


‘Casablanca’ is one of the greatest movies of all time and also one of the most heart breaking love stories ever seen on a movie screen. There is one simple scene in this movie, that I like the most. No, It is not the famous final scene, nor is it the scene when Ilsa asks…

The Filmmaking: The Conversation Part 2


In an earlier post, I have said that there is another interesting shot in the movie ‘The Conversation’. This shot is not so much like a difficult shot to shoot, but what interests me more about this shot is what it brings to the table. It is interesting in that it goes beyond its immediate…

The Filmmaking: The Conversation Part 1


‘The Conversation’, a 1974 film by Francis Ford Coppola, sandwiched between the two Godfathers, is one of his most under-rated films. Inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘Blow-Up’, the film follows Harry Caul(Gene Hackman), a surveillance technician, who grows paranoid, when one of his recent projects involves murder. The first scene in the movie shows us how…