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The Bogeyman is a film version of an Indian folk-tale about children and can ... be appreciated by children of all ages. ... "The Bogeyman must be accounted the most fully-achieved work from G. Aravindan, the Malayalam director of Golden Sita and The Circus Tent. Aravindan is a miniaturist, with a ... Read more
Despite the shift to regionalism in Indian cinema, productions from Assam (in India's North, bordering onto China and Burma) are scarce. Catastrophe, the director's third feature sets the wider theme of the plight of small landholders in the remote, exotic context of Assam. It is a journey from ... Read more
This is Satyajit Ray's first film with Hindi and English dialogue. It is also his first historical film, set in mid-nineteenth century India. It is based on a short story by Munshi Premchand. ... Two Nawabs, Mirza and Meer, are chess addicts in Lucknow. They play out their repeated battles ... Read more
A circus with its young and old, tired performers, arrives in a small town and erects its tent. They run into some licence trouble which is smoothed out when they persuade a wealthy resident to help them. ... The townspeople respond warmly to the spirit and atmosphere of the show. However, the rich ... Read more
Unanimously considered Ghatak's master­piece The Cloud-Capped Star, full of deeply-felt passion and an amazing music/sound track, is the first of three films on the director's very per­sonal interest in the theme of refugees Ghatak made films that are almost all veiled autobiogra­phy ... Read more
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Each new film by Satyajit Ray brings with it fond memories of earlier privileged moments from this master of cinema. Ray has now been at the height of his powers for some years, and his work in the seventies displays a mixture of humanity, grace and beauty that has led him to be compared with ... Read more
In 1905, in keeping with the 'Divide and Rule' policy of India's British overlords, Lord Curzon (the British Viceroy) proposes splitting Bengal into two separate administrative units, intended to create an artifidal rift between the Hindus and the Muslims, thereby weakening the bond between the two ... Read more
This study of a typical Oriya family shows the life of a small landowner whose grown children have left the village, and who now live on different levels of the social scale. ... Read more
A film tribute to an eminent artist Binodebehari Mukherjee of Santiniketan. The art and life of Binodebehari is unique, for at birth he was blind in one eye and lost the other in 1953. and yet his art did not suffer. He continued to paint, guided by an inner vision. Satyajit Ray carefully analyses ... Read more
Unfortunately, The Japanese Wife will not be able to be shown on Friday 23 July due to the non-arrival of the film from India. The session will be replaced with ... Read more
"It is an ironic comment that the major audiences for Satyajit Ray's mature works are in the West, whilst commercial interests in India limit them to a small coterie: yet his children*s films have a large audience in India against a smaller following in the West. The success of his children's films ... Read more
This film was made between the second and third parts of the Apu trilogy. Where the trilogy shows the gradual breaking up of the simple traditional family life and religion, and their replacement by a more vigorous way of life, Jalsaghar gives a picture of the complete breakdown and final decay ... Read more
A young couple, brother and sister, have been given a trip through India as a graduation present from their father. The purpose of their tour is to give them a better knowledge of their country and of the problems it faces in the twentieth century world. ... Read more
A colourful picture describing the growth of electrical power in India, the parallel development of education and technology and the subsequent effects on industry, agriculture and village life. Indian music provides the background. ... Read more
A subtle interplay between clashing ideologies: that of traditional religious values versus modern youth drawn towards extremism. Events overtake Subbaiah Sastry, a highly respected vedic and scholar in his prime now scraping out a meagre existence as a corpse carrier. He endures the contempt of ... Read more
"In a land where sexuality is repressed and women are commodities, one man seeks to express the woman inside, and one woman seeks to suppress her own femininity. Together they must survive the perils and the prejudice, and discover love in The Square Circle." That's how one of those inappropriate ... Read more
... ... The great Indian director Satyajit Ray died in April, shortly after receiving an Oscar for his lifetime achievements. His last film,The Stranger, is a deceptively simple but affecting moral story, and a fine. Parting from the esteemed filmmaker who was a guest of this festival in 1966. ... Read more
This documentary film about communal weaving was made at Kancheepuram in South India with the aim of promoting cooperation in industy and agriculture. ... President of India's Award. ... Read more
β€œIt's about understanding death and loss and achieving oneness with nature.” - filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni ... After years apart, cousins Sameer and Nachiket meet at a family wedding. Spending their days swimming at the local well and figuring out what to do with their lives, they are inseparable ... Read more
Uttara is the stylised reaction of Indian director Buddhadeb Dasgupta to the outbursts of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in both the East and West. In addition, the film is an intriguing ode to the millions of people in developing countries who are not taken seriously because they are ... Read more
The moods of the parched land before the monsoon, the gathering of the clouds, then the bursting of the rain, is depicted in telling visuals and suitably selected ragas. ... Read more
Winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes, Throne of Death is a darkly comic and provocative examination of politics, technology and human nature. Krishnan, a seasonal worker, and his family five in a small island community in Kerala, Southern India. Out of work and desperate, Krishnan steals a bunch of ... Read more
An experimental film in which the well-known painter, M. F. Hussain, gives his cinematic impressions of a few places he visited in Rajasthan. ... Read more
There's no point in claiming that this enjoyable film is, in its entirety, representative of any of the many trends of Indian cinema, be they of stylistic, linguistic or political foundations For this conscious avoidance of easy labels, one suspects, TRIKAL has been both unjustly treated at home ... Read more
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