Cinephilia and Symbiosis Centre for Media & Communication

By the third year, the new junior batch was taking over all of the systems in the AV library. Albeit I was annoyed at first but then I figured that they deserved to experience this too.

Towards the end of the second year, the initial craze associated with college had completely died. We had been opened up to a whole new world of cinema through the semesters and were aware of new and different kinds of films. I began to spend my post-college time watching films at the Audio-Visual library (a collection of wonderful cinema through the years that the students can access any time) and sometimes even dragged a friend along. The best part of it was that we got attendance to watch movies! Mostly it was the evening time, post college where I took the most of this opportunity.

I met Buffy, the Vampire Slayer every day for a week until I finished a whole season. I grooved to The Beatle’s tunes while watching A Hard Day’s Night and Yellow Submarine. I experienced tear-jerking laughter with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz while watching I Love Lucy and witnessed legends like Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson at their very best! Rain Man and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest became some of my favorite films. I was there every day, eventually regardless of whether or not I was getting attendance. I would catch a quick episode even while waiting to speak to our Director; this library was just outside his office.

By the third year, the new junior batch was taking over all of the systems in the AV library. Albeit I was annoyed at first but then I figured that they deserved to experience this too. There have always been more films for the third years’ anyway- I was yet to experience the masterpieces of Ray, Fellini, Truffaut, Kurosawa and so many more. I can’t thank SCMC enough for opening up a whole new door to approaching the concept of art and cinema.

 

Article by: Sunayana Sanath Kumar (Batch of 2017)

Photo Credits: Hari Ramanathan (Batch of 2019)

 

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