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THE BOGEYMAN (Aravindan, 1979)
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. Aravi… Read more

THE CATASTROPHE (Jahnu Barua, 1987)
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… Read more

THE CHESS PLAYERS (Satyajit Ray, 1977)
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… Read more

THE CIRCUS TENT (G. Aravindan, 1978)
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 … Read more

THE CLOUD-CAPPED STAR (Ritwik Ghatak, 1960)
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 … Read more

The Double (Ken Feingold, 1984)
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THE ELEPHANT GOD (Satyajit Ray, 1979)
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 s… Read more

THE HOME AND THE WORLD (Satyajit Ray, 1984)
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 cre… Read more

The House That Ananda Built (Fali Bilimoria, 1967)
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

The Inner Eye (Satyajit Ray, 1972)
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 ar… Read more

THE JAPANESE WIFE (Aparna Sen, 2004)
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

THE KINGDOM OF DIAMONDS (Satyajit Ray, 1980)
"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 … Read more

THE MUSIC ROOM (Satyajit Ray, 1958)
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 … Read more

The New India (, 1954)
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 o… Read more

The Peaceful Revolution (Atmar Ram, 1961)
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. Indi… Read more

THE RITE, A PASSION (K.N.T. Sastry, 2001)
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… Read more

THE SQUARE CIRCLE (Amol Palekar, 1996)
"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… Read more

THE STRANGER (Satyajit Ray, 1991)
... ... 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 s… Read more

The Weavers (Fali Bilimoria, 1960)
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

THE WELL (Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni, 2009)
“It'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… Read more

THE WRESTLERS (Buddhadeb Dasgupta, 2000)
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 od… Read more

Then the Rain (Ramesh Gupta, 1969)
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

THRONE OF DEATH (Murali Nair, 1999)
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 smal… Read more

Through the Eyes of a Painter (M. F. Hussain, 1967)
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

TRIKAL, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE (Shyam Benegal, 1984)
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 thi… Read more

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