Until then, quick links to and summaries of some mini-posts.
Bengali cinema commentary:
*A lot of director Ajoy Kar's films are ethical treatise masterpieces, probably. Here.
*Moral of the story: What NOT to say to an Indian auntie. Here.
*How to seduce a workaholic husband. Here.
*How to resist an offer of a smoke from those charismatic Bengali heroes. Here.
*Bengali Cinema and book fetishes. A couple of explanations here and examples here.
Hindi cinema commentary:
*Did Yash-ji steal some inspiration for Kaala Paathar from Dev Anand's Baazi? Here.
*Eating crow. Ok, ok, Dev Anand. Here.
*How classic films may/might be viewed in India or by Indians today. Do you have an opinion on this? Here.
*Raj Kapoor's "hidden meanings" [actually probably not-so-hidden] in "Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua." Here.
*Sharmila looks into your soul. Here and here.
*Occasionally, bad cinema prints don't bother me. Here's why.
*Possibly my favorite camera move in Pyaasa. Here.
*My favorite child actor in Hindi cinema. Beyond baby-Shashi, that is. Can you guess who? Here.
*Was the Censor Board awake for Amrapali (1966)? Here. Was I awake for it? Not sure. Here.
*One actress I will probably never warm up to, and her modern cinema counterpart. Here and here.
And ... the rest ...
*Extensive Q&A: favorite decades, favorite actresses, how to deal with problematic favorites. Here.
*Hiding a cinema crush from yourself can be done for a very long time, but not forever. Here.
*The most useful gif I've stumbled upon in a long time. Here.
French cinema commentary:
*Connections and parallels between Pepe Le Moko (1937) and The Third Man (1949). Plus, why haven't I heard of this film before? Here.
*One of the most hauntingly beautiful films I've ever seen. Hint: It's a fairy-tale adaptation from 1940's France and probably everyone already knew how awesome it was except me. Here.
*Where the best insults are... Here.
Pakistani cinema commentary:
*My favorite song from the film. Obviously, Faiz Ahmed Faiz lyrics aren't to be sneered at, but there's also something to be said for a smoky atmosphere and a bewafai song. Here.
*A shocking cabaret sequence in a Pakistani film. Here.
Any recommendations of other Pakistani films to check out? There are a lot available online, but it's hard to know where to start. I think I could live with the 60's Pakistani aesthetics, going from early YouTube perusals. As far as I can tell, it's all mostly unsubtitled except for a few Noor Jehan films, which probably have all been subbed by fans. But at least I can understand enough Urdu to follow plots, which makes them slightly less work to watch than unsubtitled (and probably really awesome and deep) South Indian socials. Masala, well, we can all follow that, language barrier or no.