Portrait of a Director: Satyajit Ray
The Definitive Study Of The Life And Work Of India S Greatest Filmmaker
Satyajit Ray Was India S First Filmmaker To Gain International Recognition As A Master Of The Medium, And Today He Continues To Be Regarded As One Of The World S Finest Directors Of All Time. His First Film Pather Panchali, Made When He Was In His Thirties, Catapulted Him Into The Forefront Of Young Directors Worldwide When In 1956 The Cannes Film Festival Honoured It As The Best Human Document Of The Year. Several Other Films By Ray, Like Aparajito, Jalsaghar, Charulata, Nayak, Aranyer Din Ratri, Shatranj Ke Khilari, Ghare Baire And Agantuk, Made Over A Career Spanning Five Decades, Are Considered Classics Of Contemporary Cinema. In 1992, Ray Was Awarded The Oscar For Lifetime Achievement By The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Science And, In The Same Year, Was Also Honoured With The Bharat Ratna.
First Compared With Robert Flaherty For His Lyrical Use Of Nature And Locations, Ray Is Now Regarded As One Of The Great Neo-Realist Directors. From The Beginning He Rejected The Established Path Of Indian Film Production, Declaring At The Age Of Six: I Ll Go To Germany And Come Back And Make Films. He Absorbed A Remarkably Broad Culture From His Family Which Had Interesting Literary, Artistic And Musical Inclinations. With His Extraordinary Persistence And Capacity For Work, He Simultaneously Equipped Himself With Such Thoroughness That He Was Able To Create A Masterpiece In His Very First Film.
Marie Seton S Classic Study Of Ray, The Product Of Thorough Research And A Long And Close Association With The Ray Family, Is The Most Detailed Examination Available Of Ray S Work As Musician, Scenarist And Director. First Published In 1971, It Was Last Updated In 1978, Some Fourteen Years Before Ray Passed Away. This New And Revised Edition Includes Unpublished Pieces From The Author S Further Writings On Ray, And An Afterword That Takes The Story Forward To Ray S Last Film. It Will, Hopefully, Re-Introduce The Genius Of Ray To A Whole New Generation Of Readers And Film Aficionados.
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Satyajit RayFirst Impressions
The Young Satyajit
Prelude of Persistence
The Sequel FilmsAparajito and Apur Sansar
The Zamindar Filmsjalsaghar
The Tagore FilmsRabindranath Tagore
Abhijan and Mahanagar
Working to CompletionMusic and Editing
Rays New Trend
Afterword by Indrani Majumdar
Renoir in Calcutta
Tokyo Kyoto and Kurosawa
Rays Own ThemesKanchenjunga
Ray as Scenarist
List of Awards
Abhijan actor Anil Aparajito Aparna appeared Apu’s Apur Sansar Arati Art director Ashoke Bagha Banerjee Bannerji Bansi Chandragupta become Bengali films Bijoya Bombay Bose Brahmo Calcutta camera Cast character Charu Charulata Chhabi Biswas child children’s Chunibala cinema colour Darjeeling Daya death Devi direction Distributor in India Dubrajpur Dulal Dutta Durga Film Festival film-making Ganguly Ghosh girl Goopy Gyne grandfather Gulabi Gupta Harihar Hindi husband Indranath jalsaghar Josef Kanchenjunga Karuna Banerjee look Mahanagar Manik Monisha mother Mukherjee Narsingh Neeli never novel Pather Panchali photographs play Postmaster Producer Rabi Ghosh Rabindranath Rama Ray’s Ray’s films reﬂected release in India Renoir Sandip Santineketan Sarbojaya Satyajit Ray says scene screen Screenplay script sequence Shankar Sharmila Tagore shooting shot Soumendu Roy Soumitra Chatterjee story studio Subrata Mitra Sujit Sarkar Sukumar Suprabha Tagore Tagore’s Upendrakishore village visual wife young zamindar