Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest auteurs of twentieth century cinema, was a Bengali motion-picture director, writer, and illustrator who set a new standard for Indian cinema with his Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) (1955), Aparajito (The Unvanquished) (1956), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1959). His work was admired for its humanism, versatility, attention to detail, and skilled use of music. He was also widely praised for his critical and intellectual writings, which mirror his filmmaking in their precision and wide-ranging grasp of history, culture, and aesthetics.
Spanning forty years of Ray's career, these essays, for the first time collected in one volume, present the filmmaker's reflections on the art and craft of the cinematic medium and include his thoughts on sentimentalism, mass culture, silent films, the influence of the French New Wave, and the experience of being a successful director. Ray speaks on the difficulty of adapting literary works to screen, the nature of the modern film festival, and the phenomenal contributions of Jean-Luc Godard and the Indian actor, director, producer, and singer Uttam Kumar. The collection also features an excerpt from Ray's diaries and reproduces his sketches of famous film personalities, such as Sergei Eisenstein, Charlie Chaplin, and Akira Kurosawa, in addition to film posters, photographs by and of the artist, film stills, and a filmography. Altogether, the volume relays the full extent of Ray's engagement with film and offers extensive access to the thought of one of the twentieth-century's leading Indian intellectuals.
A joy to read...highly recommended
Preface: Sandip RayForeword: Shyam BenegalPART ONE: THE FILM-MAKER'S CRAFT1. National Styles in Cinema 2. Notes on Filming Bibhuti Bhusan 3. Should a Film-maker Be Original?4. This Word 'Technique'5. All These Devices 6. The Changing Face of Films 7. The Question of Reality 8. The Confronting Question 9. A Film Must Achieve Its Objective 10. Thoughts on the Camera11. 'I Wish I Could Have Shown Them to You'12. The New Cinema and I13. Under Western Eyes14. The Art of SilencePART TWO: PEN PORTRAITS15. A Word about Godard 16. The New Antonioni17. The Nayak 18. 'Never Use Animals'19. The Immortal Tramp PART THREE: CELEBRATING CINEMA20. Arrival in Moscow 21. Film Festivals 22. Our Festivals, Their FestivalsFilmographySatyajit Ray's Contributions to Films Other Than His OwnAwards won by Satyajit RayIndexPreserving a Legacy
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