Movietime: Review of Gandhi
By Charlene Kline
If you are like me, television viewing sometimes seems like an endless series of same commercials, interspersed with brief moments of mediocre programming. As a result, I, like you, resort to movie viewing.
One recent rental was among the best I have ever seen. Gandhi. This film is so in keeping with our Lenten theme of nonviolence, but that was not my intention in renting it. It has been in my Netflix queue for months, maybe years. It was only by chance that it bobbed to the head of the lineup, and I viewed it recently.
A 1983 British film, it garnered eight Academy Awards. It is a long film—two evenings of viewing required. Ben Kingsley’s performance as Gandhi, the supremely intelligent Oxford-educated attorney who espoused non-violence as a way to end British rule of India, is one of the finest performances in movie history. That is saying a lot.