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Comparisons with other train-themed movies?

One thing I notice from glancing through sad-filmophile's massive compilation of train-themed scenes was that in Nayak, there is an awful lot of interaction between lots of people on the train, even outside of the individual compartment..

This is not the case with, say, Before Sunrise.

Nor is it the case with most train rides I have taken.

I've never seen Murder on the Orient Express.

But since sad-filmophile had posted so many different train movie scenes on the ICB, in conjunction with encouraging people to watch this movie, I thought I'd make room for a discussion along those lines.



I dunno. I watched about 1/2 hour of Bombay to Goa once, and despite my nearly boundless admiration for Amitabh, and usual patience for schlock, I gave up in disgust.


Yay! somebody actually checked that thread!

I had a feeling the thread would be ignored by those who would watch the film (after all it was merely to announce the details of when and where) as well as those who wouldnt.

I have to say, I was gonna fall back on Harry Potter had I not come up with enough clips. The series is chockablock with train sequences, although mostly its confined to the compartment of Harry, Ron and Hermione. (The clip where a Dementor attacks Harry and the sleeping stranger in their cabin springs into action, rescuing him, is a rather good one.)

As regards comparisons to other train based films, The Darjeeling Limited springs to mind for its use of the train. The camera goes to a lot of different places on this film. In this one sequence we even have it sweep across the windows of the different cabins, showing us even the characters who are not on the trains - showing their room as if it were a cabin. I loved that touch. (Its a blink and you'll miss it cameo of Natalie Portman, who plays the girlfriend of the writer-brother; which relationship is developed in the short film called Hotel Chevalier, which is meant to be watched before The Darjeeling Limited)

I really liked how the film kept us entertained without feeling like it was jumping around the train for no reason. All the changes and locations played out nicely; if you think about it, even though Uttam was laying himself bare quite a bit in the conversation he had with Sharmila in the dining carraige - he (and Ray) have enough sense to stage his drunken vulnerability in another place, in a private spot, where Sharmila's attitude suddenly changes and she becomes all whispery femininity.

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