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Movies #3 - Constituents of a Great Movie

I think, a thematically simple storyline, which is not tethered to the regional locks from which the movie comes, so that the story and it's characters can transcend geographic boundaries and strike a chord in a cultural alien is an essential element to make a movie great.

You can appreciate Pather Panchali even if you have no idea about Bengali traditions or Hindu values. A simple story of a poor family, which a man, say from Iceland can relate inspite of the Indian setting because of the authenticity of the events that unfold on the screen. Same with Tokyo Story - an elderly couple waiting to die, and their children are busy with their lives - a universal theme that isn't restricted to the Japanese. When the viewer feels that the emotions evoked in him/her by the movie are honest, it's a great movie.

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