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Director Mrinal Sen India 1971

85 Min., OV with English subs


Leather shoes, suit, tie, combed hair and a freshly-shaven face: Ranjit Mallick needs to make a good impression for his job interview at an Indian-British company. Yet, with his suit stuck at a dry cleaners which is on strike, he begins a frantic hunt for a new one. Mrinal Sen's politically charged comedy combines documentary images of the everyday, slapstick, newsreel footage, experimental montage, photographic collage, jump cuts and zooms. Several times, the film breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience directly: Why do you really need a suit to have a chance of getting a job? With creative use of a wide variety of cinematic techniques, Interview is a raging critique of the adoption of status symbols from the former British colonial masters.

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