Satyajit Ray on Cinema

Kobo ebook | March 5, 2013

bySatyajit Ray, Sandip Ray, Shyam Benegal

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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.

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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 w...

Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) directed thirty-seven films, including feature films, documentaries, and shorts. He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, graphic designer, and film critic. His other writings on cinema include the best-sellers Our Films Their Films and Speaking of Films. Ray received many major awards for his w...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 5, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231535473

ISBN - 13:9780231535472

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Table of Contents

Preface: Sandip Ray
Foreword: Shyam Benegal

PART ONE: THE FILM-MAKER'S CRAFT

1. 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 Camera
11. 'I Wish I Could Have Shown Them to You'
12. The New Cinema and I
13. Under Western Eyes
14. The Art of Silence

PART TWO: PEN PORTRAITS
15. A Word about Godard
16. The New Antonioni
17. The Nayak
18. 'Never Use Animals'
19. The Immortal Tramp

PART THREE: CELEBRATING CINEMA
20. Arrival in Moscow
21. Film Festivals
22. Our Festivals, Their Festivals

Filmography
Satyajit Ray's Contributions to Films Other Than His Own
Awards won by Satyajit Ray
Index
Preserving a Legacy

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