Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The 100 Best Movies: #71

71. Gandhi (1982)

There is not really much that I can say about this film except that it is an intriguing character study about a real-life inspiring figure in world history. In Richard Attenborough's sweeping biopic about one of the key players in India's separation from British rule, Sir Ben Kingsley gives a top-notch portrayal of Mohandas K. Gandhi. Gandhi's philosophical ways (he preached about using nonviolent resistance) and his wealth of knowledge were instrumental in mobilizing the colonized Indian people to get out from under the thumb of the British Empire. The film, which is just over 3 hours, covers all of Gandhi's life from his humble beginnings to his tragic assassination, which resulted from the cultural divide between India and Pakistan (still an issue today). The movie also features a very strong supporting cast which includes Martin Sheen, Sir John Gielgud, Sir John Mills and Candice Bergen. But it is Kingsley's performance that drives this film (as it should). It is another role in which the actor just inhabits the part. The film (which one 9 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor) is an amazing piece to watch, especially for students of history and world figures.

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