Amrapali ★★★½

The whole does not maintain the force of the sublime moments it contains, but oh! those moments! To name some: Vyjayanthimala pulling the arrow from Sunil Dutt's shoulder (surely one of the greatest sex-that-isn't-sex scenes of all time). ALL of the musical numbers but especially Amrapali's self-immolating dance after the soldier's betrayal (after this, the threat of actual execution by fire is a pale echo). And, most of all, the transcendent ending. It's unbelievable to me that this film basically ended Vyjayanthimala's career. She's wonderful (as always).