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Apur Sansar (1959)
Drama
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This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty
Aparajito (1956)
Drama
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Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Banerjee
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An educated man spends his days writing letters for the varied inhabitants of his small, poor, and illiterate village, in this political and social satire.

Director: Shyam Benegal
Stars: Shreyas Talpade, Amrita Rao, Ravi Kishan
Mahanagar (1963)
Drama
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Life at home changes when a house-wife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a saleswoman.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bhaduri
Zubeidaa (2001)
Biography | Drama | History
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Zubeidaa, an aspiring Muslim actress, marries a Hindu prince to become his second wife. Her tumultuous relationship with her husband, and her inner demons lead her to a decision which has fatal consequences for them all.

Director: Shyam Benegal
Stars: Karisma Kapoor, Rekha, Manoj Bajpayee
Jalsaghar (1958)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Depicts the end days of a decadent zamindar (landlord) in Bengal, and his efforts to uphold his family prestige even when faced with economic adversity.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar, Gangapada Basu
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Wazed Ali Shah is the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, have sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi
Bharat Ek Khoj (TV Series 1988)
History
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The 5000-year history of India from its beginnings to independence in 1947.

Stars: Piyush Mishra, Irrfan Khan, Alok Nath
Crime | Drama | Mystery
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Near the Tiber river, in a Roman park, a prostitute was killed. The police tracks down people that were inside the park during that night. They are questioned and have to explain why they ... See full summary »

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Stars: Francesco Ruiu, Giancarlo De Rosa, Vincenzo Ciccora
Girlfriends (1978)
Comedy | Drama
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A photographer and her girlfriend are roommates. She is stuck with small-change shooting jobs and dreams of success. When her roommate decides to get married and leave, she feels hurt and has to learn how to deal with living alone.

Director: Claudia Weill
Stars: Melanie Mayron, Eli Wallach, Adam Cohen
Charulata (1964)
Drama | Romance
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The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee
Araya (1959)
Documentary
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"Araya" is an old natural salt mine located in a peninsula in northeastern Venezuela which was still, by 1959, being exploited manually five hundred years after its discovery by the Spanish... See full summary »

Director: Margot Benacerraf
Stars: José Ignacio Cabrujas, Laurent Terzieff
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Informative, but not as in-depth account as I would have liked
7 June 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Satyajit Ray is my favorite filmmaker. And I was eager that get a know more about him and his movies.

As the movie starts, we watch Satyjit Ray directing a movie. As I am not just a film viewer, this part didn't really had any significance for me.

The we move on to a short biography on Satyajit Ray. His home, his upbringing, his family etc and how many of that is reflected in his films. We see the scenes from Apu Trilogy, Charulata and his other films while listening to his biography. Benegal seems to indicate that some of Ray's work was autobiographic.

Then we move to the meat of the movie. A series of interviews between Ray and Benegal. Ray comes across as a humble guy, but one who is fully aware of his genius. Benegal asks him a lot of questions, some of which I was really curious about. Like the difference between his earlier and his later films. Sources of his unique cinematic interpretations. His influences and his contemporaries in India and abroad.

I was a little surprised when Ray gave a big credit to the writer Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay on whose novels Apu Trilogy is based. He gave him credit for many of the cinematic scenes which somebody unaware with the source material would have attributed to Ray. He also quashed the notion of autobiographical parts in his movies, as most of his earlier movies are based on some source material. He also talked about other Indian directors and the his Bengali audience. I think sometimes he felt trapped as he had to make movies for lowest common denominator. He was the most radical director in India, but I felt he could have done much more if he had a more appreciative audience.

Though the movie was informative, it felt more like a series of interviews rather than an in-depth documentary. I also would have liked to know more about his parting ways with his cinematographer Subrata Mitra. I think his later films suffered because of that.


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