Tag Archives: Satyajit Ray

Distant Thunder (Ray, 1973) and What’s Up, Doc? (Bogdanovich, 1972)

Distant Thunder is, like so many of the best of Satyajit Ray, a sensitive look at a singular relationship set amidst changing circumstances. I think that Ray really liked the idea of the outsider (see Utpal Dutt in The Stranger, or … Continue reading

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The Chess Players and The Stranger (Ray, 1977 and 1991)

Two here by Satyjit Ray. I’m trying to catch up on a lot of his filmography. It’s still hard to beat the Apu Trilogy and The Big City, but I really enjoyed both of these later Ray films. The Chess Players feels really … Continue reading

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Mahanagar (Ray, 1963) and Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar (English title: The Big City) is masterful. There’s so much technique on display here: it’s one of those movies that just exudes the director’s confidence. Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee) decides that she wants to work when money is … Continue reading

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