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- Gandhi (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)
I purchased this title for our social justice learning group to view. It was every bit as good as I remembered it from the big screen. What I can't believe is that it has been more than 25 years since its release. No doubt this film was the apex of Ben Kingsley's career. As a model for teaching the power of non-violent resistance, this film is unparalleled. ...more info
- Moving and influential
I first saw this movie in high school in the theater. I was extremely moved by the film, and it triggered a facination with South Asia that lasts to this day - I even work half the year in Sri Lanka now. So for me, personally, this movie is of tremendous influence.
I understand the arguements about the crediting of non-white actors; I always wondered why Candice Bergman is given top billing, given that she only appears in a very few scenes. Well, that's the way of the world - it's marketing right or wrong, and to get people into the theater you highlight those who are well known. It's not right, but that's Hollywood. I mean, better to have unfair credits than to not have the movie at all, yes?
And you've got to admit, it was quite a debut for Ben Kingsly. Wow. He'll be forever known for this role.
That aside, this is an excellent, amazing film. Of course, it's still highly relevant, perhaps even more so in our post-911 world of fear.
The movie ends with a feeling of real hope and inspiration. A must-see for anyone who feels anger, fear, agressively nationalistic, hopelessness, hatred, or lost. I can think of several politicans who need to see this movie....more info
- Excellent acting and historical story-telling
Great educational movie that I have used in teaching civil disobedience and the life of Gandhi in high school. Great acting by Kingsley....more info
- Tragic Epic of a Great Leaader -- A Masterpiece
I've used this film regularly for discussing charismatic transformational leadership with my business school students. The acting is incredible, the story monumental, and the dialogue and imagery unforgettable. Despite its length, I've watched more than a dozen times, and will continue to learn from it each time I watch it.
- Ben Kingsley at His Best as Gandhi
This is a movie everyone who can should see. It is deeply moving through most of it. Some viewers will see humor in it as well. The superlatives are too numerous to list in a short review. Some viewers will be disappointed in spots. To be more realistic, the film would need to exlore Gandhi's mere mortal side (as starters, his wife suggests he cheated on his celebacy oath a few times). It also would need to exlore his showman side (as starters, he wore his loincloth when visiting England in very cold weather)....more info
- Cinematic Masterpiece Overviewing the Long Complex Life of an International Hero
Lord Attenborough sought out to offer a sampling of the most well known and farthest reaching events, while interjecting events little known in Gandhi's personal life. The beginning disclosure makes clear that there was no possible way, in the time allowed, to tell all that could be told about the man. This film introduces us to the essence and primary thoughts of Mohandas K. Gandhi and explores the patience and diligence of non-violent philosophy.
In the beginning we see a very young, fair-skinned and comfortably British-Gentlemanly Indian solicitor from London, who is used to more accomodation than segregation, encounter his first overt act of discrimination when he travels to South Africa. The earliest pictures of MKG show him as strikingly light-skinned, and his bios tell us that he had made an excellent career for himself leading as priviledged a life as an Indian man could at the turn of the last century. He enjoys a life of nannies, housekeepers and little domestic work-again totally British. Although his early pursuits are relatively successful there, after he leaves South Africa and journeys to India, he realizes he knows nothing of his own people and their plight under British control. He understands that he has been oblivious to their reality and undertakes a cross-country search to "Get to know her".
As the tale progresses we see his reinvention into the same stead as his fellow countrymen. He comes to the conclusion so many of our modern politicians never do "To understand the people, I must become one with them" and dresses, lives and communes with a vast array of followers and associates. Although he takes on the "Bapu" persona, underneath is a razor sharp British educated solicitor who guides his country into "home rule".
The honesty of this film is striking enough to capture a glimpse of this little understood man here in the west and give clarity to his main philosophies at least. Unfortunately, the non-violent movement that led to home rule in India and desegregation here in the US could not eliminate the ignorances, prejudices and practices that cripple all freedoms at their core. But we can get a honest look at his life and what drove him through this well written script and beautifully photographed film.
The widescreen edition is by far the best way to enjoy the film and although there are naysayers to the films integrity, there are many Indian actors in it as well as British, American and more. Ben Kingsley is half Indian, but he brings a depth of character which depicts this revered martyr as a leader and a man who sought to unite all peoples for the greater good of humanity.
Metaldiva Sez: This is one of those essential films that cannot be missed. It is an excellent choice for a quiet afternoon or to introduce young people to this man of principle. ...more info
- Gandhi a spiritual journey
I remember when the movie first came out. It left a lasting impression on me. This movie is a timeless lesson on world views regarding politics,as well as social, and spritual tasks ahead of us.
It reminds one of how we are all connected. It demonstrates how one visionary can change a society for the benefit of all.
I would recommend this movie to anyone interested in learning more about the journey of the human condition.
I had not seen this movie since it first came out and it is still a superb movie. I would recommend this movie to anyone. As a child, I can recall news articles about Gandih. But like most of us, as a child things going on around you don't actually sink in. But this movie re-awakened a very important part of world history for me....more info
- Attenborough's "Gandhi" rules!
Although this film was released in 1982, in my opinion, it continues to stand the test of time.
It's perfect on so many different levels of production.
And to think that it took Richard Attenborough about 20 years to complete this film...it was definitely worth the time, dedication and wait.
You rarely see motion pictures with pure; artistic vision anymore. Especially in this day and age of "blockbuster sequels, lewd; comedic antics and c.g.i crazed effects".
Audiences just don't want to be challenged anymore...how sad. ...more info
- I wish I could give this movie a 6 rating, it's the best theatrical biography I have ever seen!
I loved everything about this movie. It captured the spirit of Gandhi's life, had a well developed plot, great characters, beautiful scenery, wonderful music and was a fine example of great drama. It didn't sensationalize Gandhi, his life, his impact on the world or rely on a lot of hollywood gimmicks for its strong visceral impact.
This is the best theatrical biography I have ever seen and it is possibly my favorite movie of all time. It is truly inspirational and raises the bar for this type of movie considerably. In short, it is a masterpiece....more info
- Gandhi - Ben Kingsley
It is an excellent movie of an universal leader. No much technology but much light to guide one's own life through a solid example. I used it as a reference for values that we need to share and communicate in our daily life to our friends close to us....more info
- Ghandi looking better than ever
The DVD release of Ghandi (20th Anniversary) has made the film look better than ever. The sound quality is excellent and the transfer is very sharp.
Only downside is that there is no commentary but there is a very insightful interview with Ben Kingsley (Ghandi)who talks about how he prepared for and made the film. I found particulary interesting was his thoughts about how the funeral scene was filmed.
There are no computer special effects in this film so it is every bit the 'epic'...more info
- What peaceful resistance can achieve
Almost absurd that the person who made it possible to peacefully have the 'Leaders of The World', the British, hand over the regime of India to Indians, was nontheless a revolutionary, no matter how peaceful his own personal actions were.
Very inspiring to see how little one may need to become, and remain, content.
Mahatma Gandhi's 140th birthday is coming up on October 2, 2009, let's celebrate!...more info
- A movie that shows us there is hope for humanity
We are not perfect, but if we decide to do better than what has been the norm for humanity, we can. Gandhi chose to be a better man than he was and through his will power, guided but not blinded by his convictions, he embarked on a life that led him to challenge accepted notions on many aspects of our lives. He was creative, asking questions others did not ask and inventing answers others did not offer, with respect to problems we still face. And then he lived by what he discovered. He did not let his fears control him, but rather experimented with his own life to try out those answers. He sought the "truth" and tried to live by it. Above all, he tried to be honest with himself and with others. He tried not to inflict suffering, while also not allowing it to be accepted.
He was not a supreme, magical being. He was not a saint. He was one more human being. He just slowly, sequentially, and then decidedly chose to find and follow whatever the truth may be, within a path of love and acceptance for fellow human beings.
Most of us focus on the negative side of human nature. Most have no real faith in humanity. Here, though, is proof that we can do better.
There is hope for us. But hope exists only if there is willingness to steadfastly, stubbornly, but DEFINITELY NOT CLOSED-MINDEDLY work for it.
I recommend this movie for teenagers and young adults, after an introduction to the history that led to the conditions in Ganghi's India, and the ideas permeating Western politics and ethics in that era.
To anyone wishing to understand his psyche more fully, I'd recommend his autobiography:
THE STORY OF MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH...more info
- Gandhi is the best!
I remembered watching this movie on tape a few years ago and now that I saw it again on HD, I saw instantly how different it was. The picture quality is supreme. The bonus features are excellent too. Great movie!...more info
Excellent portrayal of one of the world's greatest men. From all I can personally remember, it is very historically accurate, and, in addition to the main character, the supporting actors and actresses accurately represent their screen personi. Not a short film, but when it was over, one was left with the feeling that they would like to have seen much more. In our family, my wife was so enthralled with the film that she has checked out several books on Gandhi from our library in order to find out more about the man. All school students of almost any age should have this film as a required viewing subject....more info
- Excellent Historical Movie
Excellent picture quality, actors and costumes were excellent. A wonderful movie about a man with far reaching goals for a nation under the iron fist of colonial England. A man who tried to bridge two religious groups with adeep seated hatred for one another. Excellent movie, a must see...more info
- Beautifully Done
Beautifully shot and wonderful storytelling. Helps to teach the concept of passive resistance over violence to enact change in governments, society, and even the current youth culture. Excellent for opening the minds of those who are absolutely clueless and are not necessarily taught about choice and responsibility at home. ...more info
- epic film
This is an incredible film, moving and memorable. Just do a quote search for some of the powerful sayings from this film. Of course it can't be 100% accurate, and it might make other characters seem less than what they were...but with a title like Gandhi, it should be pretty obvious who the central character focus is on. Phenomenal. Do a little research on the events surrounding Gandhi's life, Africa and India, and the movie will make a lot more sense....more info
- Is Ghandi white?
At the beginning of the film, while on a train, Ghandi (Ben Killingsley) is white. Not semi-white, he is completely white. Everyone in the class I was watching it with was totally confused, why the hell was this white guy calling himself Ghandi? I started to think that maybe Ghandi had a skin pigment problem, because in every scene he went from light, to semi-dark, to black as night. It was like a rotation, I was thoroughly confused. We get to watch Ghandi get arrested about 8 times during the movie. It gets to the point where the story isn't going anywhere, you just keep watching him get arrested. Then all of a sudden the British want to move out because the Indians don't fight back when they are hit with sticks. When the indians are being beaten by the police its almost like a 3 stooges routine. I understand the message, but I also understand that this was another attempt, and good one, to be the first to make a movie about something(one) that really intrigues people. You think Mel Gibson is a devout catholic? Please. If you want to ignore all the rediculousness and pretend that it was made by Indians for Indians, then you will get a lot out of this film. Just try and forget that Ghandi is a white, BRITISH, man. ...more info
The DVD quality was excellent. I showed this to a World Cultures class of 10th grade students and it was spellbinding for them after they got used to the fact that it wasn't an action-packed thriller! The impact of the story is timeless....more info
- GANDHI is Must See!
I first saw this movie many years ago in theaters, and a few years after that when I bought it for my library. It was on two VHS tapes in those days, and now 1 DVD has the entire movie. I'm sure everyone knows the story of Gandhi, so I won't go into that.
GANDHI is a long movie (more than 3-hours) so this was my third viewing of it (theater, VHS tapes, and now DVD. Each time I see it, I enjoy it more than the last time, perhaps because I am older and can understand his significance better now. How, through non-violent resistance, he achieved independence for his country (India) from the British Empire, and how he influenced not only his country, but the world by his actions.
Now, more than ever, we Americans should see this movie, because Gandhi, perhaps more than anyone else, influence Doctor Martin Luther King Jr and the Civil Rights Movement in this country that has just seen the ultimate achievement of having a black American elected President of the United States.
Ben Kingsley IS Gandhi. There is nothing to say about the acting in this film, because they are so good in their roles that it is like living through his world. In the Collector's Addition there is an entire second DVD of Special Features that is almost as interesting as the movie itself and that is saying something.
If you are not moved by this film, they need to check your heart, because you died sometime ago....more info
- Kingsley IS "Gandhi"
Kudos to film makers who go to great lengths to cast an actor who more than just resembles the person being depicted. With Ben Kinglsey playing the role, they couldn't have done a better job: he IS Gandhi!...more info
- Partition was the best thing to happen to India
This is like what others have said, a great movie about a great soul.
I also want to point out something to think about.
IMO, Partition was the best thing that happened to India. Obviously not the way it happened. It would have been good if Gandhi and Nehru had not resisted Jinnah's request to partition.
Imagine if there was no partition. The 200 million Pakistani Muslims, the 140 Mil Bangala Desi Muslims and the 200 Indian Million Muslims would have made 450 Million Muslims in India. In about another 20 years, Indua would have been an Islamic nation.
There has never been a pluralistic secular Muslim majority country with justice and liberty for all. One exception, Turkey. Thats cause, they had to reject their religion in the realm of Politics and this was done ruthlessly by Ataturk.
Hinduism has no religious compulsion to tyrannize others politically. I cannot say the same thing about Islam.
Although the vast majority of Indian Muslims are secular in their politics (They are a large...but a minority group), once they are a Majority, I do not trust the few secular liberals can resist the temptation of the Islamic majority to do what they do when they are the majority. Find out what %age of Pakistanis were Hindus in 1947 and what happened to this Hindu people in Pakistan? Where are they today? What is the %age of Hindus living in Pakistan today?
Gandhi looked at others using his own standards. That's a losing proposition when others are scoundrals. And Nehru learned this lesson the hard way, As the first Prime Minister of India, he trusted the Chinese and got run over by them and lost Indian land to the Chinese. The Chinese have the Sun Tzu's "Art of war" mentality. And I would wager Nehru was ignorant about that.
As a Spiritual and moral light, Gandhi was right. But as a political leader, he would not cut it....more info
Great Movie. I have seen it many times in the past, and I just had to own a copy....more info
- I liked Ghandi
I would just like to agree with the reviewer below on the flaws exposed on this DVD version of Ghandi. While it IS an insult to give the American actors full billing and to ingnore the fine Indian actors on the bonus disk...I do not think it is racialy motivated. I simply believe that the stupid American Captialists selling this film prefered to give the American actors more spotlight in the special features because this DVD was marketed for an American market...and they wanted to make money. Money is thier God. The studio Ceo pigs wanted to ensure that they will get every penny out of this edition...and they were probably afraid that if they gave the Indian actors the full credit they deserved - then they would not sell as many copies. The reason is that Americans are idiots when it comes to real culture. All they want is to see the same actors over and over and over in every movie that is released now. "Titanic" had the WORST acting and screenplay EVER in a motion picture...and it was the highest grossing flick ever. I rest my case. True cinematic art is lost on the American Public.
I liked the movie Ghandi. I am giving it a 5 stars because of the subject matter. And if there is a Hindi version available I would Love to see it.
This is one of the best movies that I've seen in years. When it first came out, for some reason I missed it or didn't think that it would be interesting. How wrong I was!
Gandhi is a fascinating account of a true hero, a lawyer who tried to give Indians rights in South Africa in the late 1890s, and graduated to taking on the entire British Empire in his effort to free India from their rule in later years. I always thought of Gandhi as a pacifist but in fact he used ACTIVE resistance and noncompliance, and was willing to sacrifice himself, his family and his followers for the sake of the greater good.
A sincerely noble, honorable and remarkable 20th-century hero. Beautifully filmed and very well acted. Really an inspiring movie that makes us shudder to realize the way that Indians were treated in their own country such a short period of time ago....more info
- Great movie
Ben Kingsley makes you believe that he is indeed the little brown man who changed history. The movie has something of an epic quality about it and encapsulates the spirit of Gandhi. It is a "must see."
- Indeed, a "Man for All Reasons"!
I lived in India for two years in the early 60's and can confirm the atmospheric authenticity of this film. At that time,there were ONLY 350,000,000 persons living there and I met so many who knew the Mahatma personally,including Mr. Nehru himself.
Could any film ever faithfully convey the nuances of that extra-ordinary man and those phenomenal times,and with sensitivity? Probably not, but with the included rare films of Gandhi-ji himself and Ben Kingsley's comments, this film represents a courageous effort! It sows the seeds for deeper study... Recommended highly!
- Monumental Film Making Worthy of It's Subject
Watching Richard Attenborough's masterpiece bio-epic is both an uplifting and draining experience. The performance of Ben Kingsley as Gandhi is one of those rare moments in film history where an actor seems to inhabit the character so completely allowing the viewer to get a deeper personal experience of an historical character.
Perfectly blending the political history with the personal story , this movie at 3 hours is an investment of time that pays dividends rarely found on a screen. I recently watched this again after several years and was just as moved by it as when it was first released.
Many filmmakers would go for the sentimental approach and try to create myths around their subject. In Gandhi there is a an element of that but the film will stand up to time because the portrayal is historically accurate and the subject at the heart of the film is a mythical character beyond the need of a boost from the movie....more info
- A Great Soul's life.
It all began simple enough - with the purchase of a first class train ticket by Mr. Mohandas Gandhi, Esq., recently arrived in South Africa, and unaware that as an Indian, he was required to travel third class and not entitled to such a ticket. Literally thrown off the train for his transgression, the young attorney, embodied to perfection by Ben Kingsley, spent a full night sitting on the platform, musing how best to respond to such discrimination. Shortly thereafter, and after consultations with established members of his community, he wrote his first treatises and organized his first demonstrations. And when participants of a protest assembly stood up and proclaimed their willingness to die in the fight against suppression, Gandhi once and for all formulated his doctrine of nonviolent protest: "They may torture my body, break my bones; even kill me. Then they will have my dead body - not my obedience."
Shot largely on four Indian locations, Richard Attenborough's nine-time Oscar-winning biography of Gandhi is a sweeping epic that takes the viewer back to Britain's colonial past, covering all major events of Gandhi's political career from its beginnings in South Africa to the March to the Sea and India's independence, and contrasting the luxurious lifestyle of the foreign rulers with the poverty of those they governed; that India which, as Gandhi soon realized, not only the British didn't understand, but whose population also could not have cared less about the activities of the Indian Congress Party, at the time little more than a group of well-to-do city dwellers mentally and socially almost as far removed from the rest of their country as the British. Twenty years in the making, the movie is clearly reverential of Gandhi's genius, and of the man whose symbolic growth was reverse parallel to his retreat into simplicity, and who for that very reason, and because of his unfaltering commitment to nonviolence on the one hand and India's independence on the other hand, accomplished what only few people would otherwise have thought possible: to convince the world's biggest colonial power to give up the crown jewel among its colonies; and to do so in a gesture of friendship and without civil war. The one aspect of Gandhi's life that falls a bit short here is the effect that his overbearing symbolic status had on his family life, which necessarily had to suffer as a result (unable to cope with his father's fame and chosen lifestyle, Gandhi's eldest son, for example, threw himself into a life of alcoholism and prostitution). But Gandhi is not depicted as a saint, and particularly during his early years, we learn about the struggle that went into the formation of the man who later earned the title "Great Soul" (Mahatma). Even anticipating that he might be killed by an assassin's bullet, Gandhi once said that he would only deserve that title if he could accept that bullet with Rama's (God's) name on his lips: fittingly, the movie begins with his assassination and comes full circle at the end, affirming that Gandhi truly was a Great Soul throughout.
Attenborough found his perfect Gandhi in Ben Kingsley, who not so much plays but truly is the Mahatma; from his appearance to the inflection of his voice, attitudes and gestures. Over the year-long struggles to finance the movie, Attenborough's first choices for the role had grown too old to convincingly play the young Gandhi in South Africa, but eventually Michael Attenborough pointed his father to Kingsley, then with the Royal Shakespeare Company, who reportedly won the role by meeting Attenborough in full Gandhi makeup at their first get-together, thus instantly convincing him that he had found his man. Yet, despite his gift for mimicry and his part-Indian heritage, Kingsley nevertheless turned to his Indian co-stars, particularly Rohini Hattangadi, who plays Gandhi's wife Kasturba, to fine-tune his portrayal; and he recalls in an interview for the movie's DVD release that the skill he found the most difficult to master was to spin and to talk at the same time. The use of the actual British newsreels covering Gandhi's visit to England adds to the movie's sense of authenticity - and emphasizes yet again Ben Kingsley's achievement in transforming himself into the Mahatma.
In fact, his awardwinning performance so overshadows every other actor in the movie that it would be easy to overlook the fine performances of his costars, all of whom contributed to the movie's unique quality - to name but a few, Sir John Gielgud, whom Kingsley praises as "a national treasure" (British viceroy Lord Irwin), Roshan Seth (Pandit Nehru), Martin Sheen (New York Times reporter Vincent Walker), Candice Bergen (People Magazine's Margaret Bourke-White), Ian Charleson (Gandhi's early friend and colaborator Reverend Andrews), Edward Fox (General Dyer, the man responsible for the massacre at Amritsar, who testified at his court-martial that his intention had been to "teach a lesson that would be heard throughout India"); and Trevor Howard as Judge Broomfield, who had to sentence Gandhi to prison for his outright admission that he was guilty of the charge of advocating sedition because of his belief "that non-cooperation with evil is a duty and British rule in India is evil," and who nevertheless rose at Gandhi's entrance into the courtroom instead of making the prisoner rise for him, and commented on the sentence he had to impose that "if ... his Majesty's government should, at some later date, see fit to reduce the term, no one will be better pleased than I."
The movie ends with Gandhi's affirmation that when he despaired, he remembered that "all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers; for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of this: Always." Such a belief may be difficult to hold on to, particularly for us who are so much more fallible than the Mahatma. Yet, this movie eloquently pleads that it is, at least, worth our very best effort.
Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth
The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas
Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire (Philip E. Lilienthal Book in Asian Studies)
HALFWAY TO FREEDOM In the Words and Pictures of Margaret Bourke-White
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Henry David Thoreau : Collected Essays and Poems (Library of America)...more info
- Library Requirement
Epic, 5-star movie that is exceptionally well done. Many years pass between movies that approach this caliber.
Blu-ray format was beautiful and probably more valuable for large screens.
Must have for any serious movie or history buff.....a classic for sure.
- what if today
I just saw this movie today for the very first time. It really made me think about the events of today. If all the violence in the middle east suddenly went this route how powerful would that be.
The Blu-ray transfer was great, not grainy at all. Good color and clarity ...more info
- Superb story of perhaps the world's greatest human being
Ben Kingsly was Gandhi, in appearance, in demeanor, in manner. His greatest role as the world's greatest leader and humanitarian. This movie should be seen by everyone. It is a beautifully made film about India, about Indians, about human beings, and last of all about Mahatma Gandhi, the inspiration to billions....more info
- Richard Attenborough's film GANDHI
The film starts out with the scope of what Richard Attenborough is trying to accomplish:
"No man's life can't be encompassed in one telling. There is no way to give each year its allotted weight, to include each event, each person who helped to shape a lifetime. What can be done is to be faithful in spirit to the court record and try to find one's way to the heart of the man..."
The story begins and ends in New Delhi India 30 January 1948. From here, we flash back to Gandhi's younger days as a lawyer when he first was introduced firsthand to South Africa and its injustices. From there we follow him through his trials and tribulations in South Africa and then India. What I enjoyed about the India part of the movie was that while he was learning about India, we get to travel with him and learn about India. Gandhi leaves a message not of nonviolence but appropriate responses and knowing that you're in control. Even though each viewer will have their ups and downs in the different parts of this movie, the two things that struck me the most was when India on the verge of independence had to split into two countries, and when Gandhi was dispatched by of all people, far right wing, conservative Hindus.
Ben Kingsley excellently plays Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to the point that you can believe he is the real thing. However, the rest of the characters in the film have a problem with recognition to the point that you ask, "Where have I seen that person before?" then you can settle down again to the story. A major character that is sometimes overlooked is the soundtrack, which enhances but does not intrude on the film. A victim of more recent films is the salt mine owner Collins played by Richard Griffiths ... Uncle Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films.
The Blu-ray treatment maintains or improves on the original Panavision and Technicolor.
Remember that this film was designed for entertainment so sit back and let's be entertained.
An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth
Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth...more info