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Dil Se
Amarkant "Amar" Varma (Shahrukh Khan), an All-India Radio program executive living in Delhi, India, is
dispatched to the troubled North-Eastern region of India to report from there on the situation pertaining to
the approaching 50th Anniversary of Indian independence. There, he interviews a terrorist leader on his
group's motivation and ethics. He then comes across Meghna (Manisha Koirala) at a railway station and
chats up with her. He excuses himself for a while, offering to get her a cup of tea, only to find her gone
already on a train with three mysterious men. A few weeks after that meeting, he spots her again in a street
and confronts her, but she resists and pretends not to recognise him. Amar then resorts to stalking and seeks
her out near her place of dwelling and tells her he loves her "dil se" (English equivalent: from the heart). To
discourage him, Meghna tells him that she is married, and leaves. Amar feels embarrassed for flirting with
a married woman, and sincerely wishes to apologize to her. He arranges a meeting with her to do so, but
she brings two mysterious men with her, who subsequently take Amar away and beat him. This harsh
experience invigorates Amar to find Meghna again. After finding out her plans to visit Ladakh, he follows
her with the convenient excuse of reporting on the local festivities and she gives him the slip there too.
As Amar heads home, he finds her on the same bus. He starts flirting with her and mocking her for having
her supposed husbands beat him up. Then a security guard intercepts them and asks Amar his purpose for
visiting Ladakh, and Amar tells him he was reporting on the festivities there. When it is Meghna's turn to
answer, she tells him that she and Amar are together. The bus breaks down and the passengers are forced to
walk a two-day journey to their destination. Amar nearly loses Meghna again but manages to get hold of
her and confronts her, angered about the fact she had used him, before proceeding to accuse her of being a
morally loose tease. She tells him her name and that the two men who beat him up were her brothers. Amar
tries to aggressively force himself up on Meghna, which causes her a painful anxiety attack.
During the pair's two day walk they have a whirlwind adventure through the desert. Though the two fall for
each other, Meghna leaves Amar to return to the safety of Delhi alone. Upon his return, he finds that his
family wants him to meet Preeti Nair (Preity Zinta), a potential bride. Amar and Preeti both agree to get
married. Then Meghna shows up at Amar's house, on the day he is to be engaged to Preeti, and asks for a
place to stay. Amar and his family let her stay at their house, and Amar arranges for a job for her at the
radio station.
It is later revealed that Meghna is a member of the terrorist/revolutionist group who are in to Delhi to
assassinate the President at the Republic Day parade. Amar finds out about the plan and confronts her,
Meghna's past is revealed in this confrontation as flash-backs of her parents being killed by Indian Army
firing and her sister and her 12-year old self getting raped afterwards by members of Indian forces, these
events drove her to become a part of the terrorist/revolutionary group, after this revelation she manages to
escape again. Amar continues to pursue her, despite getting arrested by the police and getting beaten up
repeatedly by her men. In the end, he finds Meghna and pleads her to not carry out the attack. She warns
him to stay away from her, as she is afraid that he might activate the bomb in her vest. He then whispers in
her ear, "If you won't come with me, take me with you." Meghna's intense inner struggle subsides; she
embraces Amar and the bomb detonates, killing the two.
The Last Emperor
The film opens in 1950 with Pu Yi's re-entry into the just-proclaimed People's Republic of China as a
political prisoner and war criminal, having been captured by the Red Army when the Soviet Union entered
the Pacific War in 1945 (see Soviet invasion of Manchuria) and been in their custody for the past five
years. Puyi attempts suicide, which only renders him unconscious. In a flashback, apparently triggered as a
dream, Puyi relives his first entry, with his wet nurse at his side, into the Forbidden City.
The next section of the film is a series of chronological flashbacks showing Puyi's early life: from his royal
upbringing, to the tumultuous period of the early Chinese Republic, to his subsequent exile, his Japanesesupported puppet reign of Manchukuo, and then his capture by the Soviet army — all of which are
intermixed with flash-forwards portraying his prison life. Under the “Communist re-education program” for
political prisoners, Puyi is coerced by his interrogators to formally renounce his forced collaboration with
the Imperial Japanese invaders for war crimes during their occupation of China during the war. Finally,
after a heated discussion with the camp commandant and upon watching a propaganda film detailing the
wartime atrocities committed by the Japanese, Puyi recants his previous stance and is set free and
rehabilitated by the government in 1958.
The concluding section of the film ends with a flash-forward to the mid-1960s during the Mao cult and the
beginning of the Cultural Revolution. By now, Puyi has become a simple gardener who lives a peasant
proletarian existence. On his way home from work, he happens upon a Red Guard parade, complete with
children playing pentatonic music on accordions en masse and dancers who dance the rejection of
landlordism by the Communists. His prison camp commander, his only friend during his incarceration, is
forced to wear a dunce cap and a sandwich board bearing punitive slogans, and is one of the political
prisoners now punished as an anti-revolutionary in the parade.
Puyi later visits the Forbidden City as an ordinary tourist. There he meets an assertive little boy wearing the
red scarf of the Pioneer Movement. The young Communist orders Puyi to step away from the throne.
However, Puyi proves to the boy that he is indeed the Son of Heaven, proceeding to approach the throne.
There, Puyi discovers the 60 year old pet cricket he kept as a child and gives it to the child. Amazed by the
gift, the boy turns to talk to Puyi, but the emperor has disappeared.
The film ends with a tour guide leading a tour in front of the throne, where the guide sums up Puyi's life in
a few, brief sentences, concluding that he died in 1967.
The Night of The Hunter
The film is set in 1930s West Virginia, along the Ohio River. Ben Harper (Peter Graves) is sentenced to
hang for his part in a robbery in which two men were killed. Before he is caught he hides the stolen money,
trusting only his son John (Billy Chapin), the main character of the story, with the money's location. John
has a much younger sister, Pearl (Sally Jane Bruce). Reverend Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), a serial
killer and self-appointed preacher with the two words "LOVE" and "HATE" tattooed across the knuckles of
his right and left hands, shares a prison cell with Harper. He tries to get Harper to tell him the hiding place
before his execution, but the only clue he gets is a Bible verse Harper mutters in his sleep: "And a little
child shall lead them."
Convinced that Harper told his children the secret, Powell woos and marries Harper's widow, Willa
(Shelley Winters). Willa does not know her new husband's motive and believes her marriage will lead to
her salvation. Powell asks the children about the money when they are alone, but they reveal nothing. John
is suspicious of Powell and protective of his sister. One night Willa overhears her husband questioning the
children and she realizes the truth. As she lies in bed that night in their attic bedroom, Powell leans over her
and slits her throat.
Powell dumps Willa's body in the river. He finally learns the money's location from Pearl by threatening
John, but the children flee with the money down the river. They eventually find sanctuary with Rachel
Cooper (Lillian Gish), a tough old woman who looks after stray children. Powell eventually tracks them
down, but Rachel sees through his false virtue. After a climactic standoff, in which Rachel protects the
children with a shotgun but sings hymns through the night with Powell, he is arrested by the police, tried,
and, apparently, convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Willa and for the crimes against the
children. Towards the end of the film, Rachel declares that "children are man at his strongest. They abide."
The film ends with her speaking directly to camera: "They abide and they endure."