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With The Music Room (Jalsaghar), Satyajit Ray (Pather Panchali) brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat (the beloved actor, Chhabi Biswas) desperately clinging to his way of life. His greatest joy is the music room in which he has hosted lavish concerts over the years--now a shadow of its former vivid self. An incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for some of India’s most popular musicians of the day, The Music Room is a defining work by the great Bengali filmmaker.
New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Satyajit Ray (1984), a documentary by Shyam Benegal that chronicles Ray's career
New interview with filmmaker Mira Nair
New interview in which Ray biographer Andrew Robinson on the 'Making of'
A 1981 French roundtable discussion with Ray, Michel Ciment & Claude Sautet
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp & 1963 essay by Ray
I love Rays use of light and cinematic poetry is unequalled by very few filmakers I have seen. The story is somewhat predictable and slow, but has many moments of sheer magic . Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paul Peabody
Satyajit Ray after completing the Apu Trilogy, played around with experimental movies but not finding his foothold. Finally with Jalsaghar (The Music Room)- he was on sure grounds. Read morePublished 14 months ago by RMitra, mystery writer
Watch it! It's one of S. Ray's best. The movie is deeply thought provoking and stands well for repeated viewings. The remastered copy of "Criterrion" is excellent. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Yoselovich Boris
FINALLY, RAY like he is meant to be deserved to be seen, Wes Anderson is a supporter, so check it out!!!!!!!!!!!!Published 19 months ago by Sjur03
When I first saw the Music Room in a big screen at the Ice-skating Ring Calcutta, I found it to be slow but intriguing. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Santonu Sarkar