Gandhi (Movie) Essay

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Gandhi premiere on November 30, 1982 in New Delhi, India. The 190 minute film was wonderfully directed by Richard Attenborough and well written by John Briley. I found this film difficult to “briefly” summarize, however I would like to share a short timeline of events through the film’s eyes. The movie opens with a message with message from the filmmakers which explains their approach to the problem of filming the documented complexity of Mahatma Gandhi’s life. The message goes on to explain how there is no way to give each year, event and person involved in Gandhi’s lifetime its specific impact. The opening scene in the movie is that of Gandhi’s January 30, 1948 assassination in New Delhi, India by Nathuram Godse, a
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At the end of the movie as Gandhi walks outside, weak and carried, viewers are confronted with the scene of Gandhi’s assassination. Once the scene blacks out, you hear his words again, “Oh, God”. This movie proved to be emotional for me. I was drawn into believing I was actually watching these events as they were happening. Ben Kingsley, who plays the role of Mahatma Gandhi, was extraordinary. His acting skills were what I believe drew me into the film so deeply. The first time I saw this movie was approximately fourteen years ago in high school and I have favorable memories of this being a wonderful movie that depicts the life of Mahatma Gandhi, and once seeing this movie again I still feel the same way and maybe even a little more encouraged by his life. I do however feel that there were missing events in the movie but I am with the understanding of why. Perhaps these events were combined or not written in the script for reasons stated in the opening message from the filmmakers. I was surprised to find out through watching this film that Gandhi had children and was married to a faithful wife who stood by his side and also was imprisoned several times for the support of her husband. Yet another thing that ultimately surprised me was the violence that the Indians took, with no violence what so ever and yet they still believed, and still pushed forward for