As part of the Crime Writer’s Festival, they will be screening three movies dealing with pop culture and real life crime. Here’s what you should catch:
The French Connection
The 1970s brought about the political thriller in Hollywood, bringing along with it gritty noir-ish realism in cinematic history and crime. William Friedkin’s 1971 classic, based on Robin Moore’s real-life exposé of drug trafficking between France and the US, dramatises the real.
Gulzar’s Achanak from 1973 is based on the sensational Nanavati Case of 1959. Expect Bombay filmi melodrama with history ensconced within. Explore how the reputations of people involved in criminal acts become more important and influential than the act itself.
The Fifth Estate
To give audiences a taste of the new kinds of crimes that have emerged in contemporary times, they have The Fifth Estate, based on the Julian Assange affair. Not only is the film shot with the feel of the cyber-world, true to our digital times, but it also is a delightful instance of how cross-genre irony manages to make New Age Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch play the top cyber-criminal of our time.
Read what authors have to say about CWF here.
When: 15 January
Where: Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, Lodhi Road
Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium/Khan Market