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Satyajit Ray's enduring 1963 masterpiece about one woman's struggle for independence is back on the big screen
Satyajit Ray, who died in 1992 at the age of 70, is one of the giants of world cinema. The son of a prominent Bengali literary figure, he was an accomplished writer, composer, editor and artist as well as a great movie director. His passionate interest in the cinema developed early on, and shortly after the second world war he accompanied Jean Renoir when he travelled to India to scout locations for The River. Subsequently he wrote a wonderfully perceptive article about this experience for Sequence, the film magazine edited by Lindsay Anderson, Gavin Lambert and Karel Reisz.
- Philip French
The 18th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual showcase of contemporary French film, hits New York screens February 28 - March 10. The fest's opening night sees the U.S. premiere of "Populaire," starring Romain Duris. Full lineup below. Other highlights from the program include Alice Winocour's Cesar nominee "Augustine," Francois Ozon's "In the House" and the late Claude Miller's "Therese Desqueyroux," starring Audrey Tautou. The Georges Franju 1962 original of "Therese Desqueyroux," which stars Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva, is also screening, as well as a mini-retrospective of Jean Renoir, boasting "Boudu Saved From Drowning," "The River" and "Rules of the Game." The series spans three theaters -- the Film Society's Lincoln Center location, IFC Center and BAMcinematek. Newly appointed Film Society director of programming »
- Beth Hanna
“I don’t understand why India looks up to the Oscars… Audience is my Oscar.” – Mira Nair, quoted in The Telegraph, Kolkata, December 1, 2012
On April 23, 1992, a man died. A tall man once blessed with broad shoulders, a headful of dark, well-set hair, and sharply chiseled features; a man who touched several art forms, enriching whatever he touched. Satyajit Ray had served the cause of art and aesthetics as few modern Indians had before him, and none after. When he died, India mourned and the Bengali people immediately realized that they had lost their last Renaissance man.
Recalling that fateful day, novelist Amitav Ghosh has written: “The day of Satyajit Ray’s death was like none that Kolkata had ever seen before. When the news began to spread, a pall of silence descended on the city. Next morning hundreds of thousands of people filed past his body, braving the intense heat. »
- Vidyarthy Chatterjee
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