The big city
Set in mid-1950s Calcutta and directed by Satyajit Ray, this story follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati, who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family. With remarkable sensitivity and attention to the details of eve...
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|Summary:||Set in mid-1950s Calcutta and directed by Satyajit Ray, this story follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati, who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family. With remarkable sensitivity and attention to the details of everyday working-class life, Ray gradually builds a powerful human drama that is at once a hopeful morality tale and a commentary on the identity of the contemporary Indian woman.|
The Coward: An aspiring screenwriter encounters a former lover when his car breaks down near her home.
|Item Description:||DVD release of the 1963 motion picture.|
From a story by Narendranath Mitra.
Special features: Disc 1: Madhabi Mukherjee (new interview with the actor); Satyajit Ray and the modern woman (interview with Satyajit Ray scholar and author Suranjan Ganguly); B.D. Garga's Satyajit Ray (1974 documentary featuring narration by Satyajit Ray and on-set footage from the making of The big city). Disc 2: The coward (1965) (a feature film by Ray; starring Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Haradhan Bannerjee; based on a story by Premendra Mitra); About The coward. Booklet features an essay by scholar Chandak Sengoopta and an interview with Ray by his biographer Andrew Robinson.
|Physical Description:||2 videodiscs (135 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (32 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm).|
|Format:||DVD ; NTSC ; region 1 ; fullscreen (1.33:1) presentation ; Dolby digital mono.|
|Audience:||MPAA rating: Not rated.|
|Production Credits:||Cinematography, Subrata Mitra ; production design by Bansi Chandragupta ; edited by Dulal Dutta.|
[Irvington, N.Y.] :
Table of Contents:
- Disc 1. The big city
- Disc 2. The coward / Janus Films ; The RDB Organization ; R.D. Bansal presents ; screenplay, music, and direction by Satyajit Ray.