“The Apu Trilogy” (Directed by Satyajit Ray, 1955/1956/1959) (The Criterion Collection)

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“Songs Of Humanity”

By Raymond Benson

I’ll bet many of you cinephiles out there have heard of Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed trilogy of films from the 1950s (Pather Panchali, aka Song of the Little Road, 1955; Aparajito, aka The Unvanquished, 1956; and Apur Sansar, aka The World of Apu, 1959), but have never actually seen them. Here is your chance to rectify that egregious error. Quite simply put, anyone interested in film history needs to have this trio of motion pictures under the belt.

Satyajit Ray, who received an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1992, began his career as an illustrator of books. One of these was Pather Panchali, a classic of Bengali literature (1928) written by Bibhutibushan Bandyopadhyay, and its sequel, Aparajito (1932). They comprise the story of the growth of a boy from infancy to adulthood over the course of twenty-five years or so (from the 1910s to the 1930s
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The Criterion Collection announces line-up for November

The Criterion Collection has this week announced it’s Blu-ray release line-up for November, which includes Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown, Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, Richard BrooksIn Cold Blood, Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, and D. A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back. Details on all the releases, including cover-art and special features are listed below.

Code Unknown

One of the world’s most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Academy Award–winning Austrian director Michael Haneke diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and staggering artistry. His 2000 drama Code Unknown, the first of his many films made in France, may be his most inspired work. Composed almost entirely of brilliantly shot, single-take vignettes focusing on characters connected to one seemingly minor incident on a Paris street, Haneke’s film—with an outstanding international cast headlined by Juliette Binoche—is a revelatory take on racial inequality
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Tribute: Fifty Years of Ray’s “Mahanagar”

While the British Film Institute (BFI) is releasing a restored version of Satyajit Ray’s “Mahanagar” in the UK to mark the 50th anniversary of the film; National award winning film critic and scholar Shoma Chatterji revisits Ray’s 1963 masterpiece

Image courtesy: Arindam Saha Sardar & Soumendu Roy

M ahanagar is set in 1955. Ray’s own moving away from his joint family in 1948 was a forerunner of the major shifts in Bengali society following independence. Mahanagar was based on a short story penned by Narendranath Mitra named “Abataranika”. Narendra Mitra, who was alive then, is said to have approved of Ray’s script. The original story placed the husband at the centre. Ray shifted the emphasis to place it on the wife, Arati. This change of focus re-wrote the history of women in Indian cinema. It traced the beginnings of the working wife in a lower middle-class family of Calcutta, her
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Soumendu Roy remembers Satyajit Ray as meticulous, troubleshooter (Interview)

Soumendu Roy remembers Satyajit Ray as meticulous, troubleshooter (Interview)
Kolkata, May 1: Summing up his four-decade-long association with Satyajit Ray, who took Indian cinema to international audiences, as "fruitful" and "friendly", veteran cinematographer Soumendu Roy describes the legendary filmmaker as "meticulous" and "troubleshooter".

"I was associated with him for nearly four decades... a fruitful and friendly relationship. He was an institution to me. I learnt a lot and it helped me later on in my career," the 80-year-old Roy told Ians in an interview on the eve of Ray's 92nd birth anniversary.

Roy, who watched the ace moviemaker weave magic on celluloid during his years as a technician (handling.
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Will to Live – A deadly journey in search of cure….

‘Will to Live’ is the new genre film of cross cultural appeal. This is an Indo-American production which has been shot exclusively in California and dense jungles of India. A score of Hollywood and Indian filmmakers were involved in this feature film.


‘Will to Live’ is inspired from a true story. It’s the fight of a courageous father for his son ailing from Lymphoma (Cancer). Against all odds, an American father makes his adventurous journey into jungles of Himalyas in the quest of a rare herb that may cure his son’s Cancer. He has been given a ray of hope for his son. Battling the depths of the jungles, greed, power and corruption and risking his own life, he tries to fight fate itself. The story explores the intensity of a father’s love. How far will a father go to save his child’s life?

Comments the producer Amrit Das,
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‘Shooting with Satyajit Ray was a lifetime experience’

‘Shooting with Satyajit Ray was a lifetime experience’
Kolkata, Nov 12 – The shooting of the documentary ‘Sikkim’ with legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray was a lifetime experience, feels cinematographer Soumendu Roy.

‘Shooting ‘Sikkim’ with Satyjit Ray was a lifetime experience. I had earlier worked with Ray but for ‘Sikkim’ we had to work with very minimal equipment and human resources,’ Roy told Ians.

‘During the shooting, we always had to stay alert. The experience helped me later while shooting other films,’ Roy said after the first.
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