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The Satyajit Ray Collection - Vol. 1 3-DVD Set ( The Big City / The Lonely Wife / The Hero ) ( Mahanagar / Charulata / Nayak ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ]

Anil Chatterjee , Madhabi Mukherjee , Satyajit Ray  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bhaduri, Haren Chatterjee, Sefalika Devi
  • Directors: Satyajit Ray
  • Producers: The Satyajit Ray Collection - Vol. 1 3-DVD Set ( The Big City , The Lonely Wife , The Hero ) ( Mahan, The Satyajit Ray Collection - Vol. 1 3-DVD Set, The Big City
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: Bengali (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 351.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001IF1Q90
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: Bengali ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Box Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Mahanagar (Aka: The Big City) (1963): Set in the mid '50s, Ray's often humorous story of conflicting social values in India's lower-middle class stars Madhabi Mukherjee as a housewife whose growing independence alarms her traditionalist India 1963 family. Charulata (Aka: The Lonely Wife) (1964): Neglected by her ambitious journalist husband, the lonely Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee) befriends his cousin (Soumitra Chatterjee), a sensitive aspiring writer, and almost inevitably their feelings for each other begin to deepen. Adapted from a story by Rabindranath Tagore, Ray considered this sesnitively realised drama one of his finest achievements. Nayak (Aka: The Hero) (1966): This beautifully observed character study was one of Ray's earliest original screenplays. En route to an award ceremony, a famous and egocentric Bengali movie star finds that he is compelled to re-evaluate his life after encountering a disapproving young journalist (Sharmila Tagore). SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, ...The Satyajit Ray Collection - Vol. 1 3-DVD Set ( The Big City / The Lonely Wife / The Hero ) ( Mahanagar / Charulata / Nayak )

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive disillusion October 19, 2008
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One of the interesting aspects of watching people's reactions to one another when they meet is to see the extent these reactions are shaped by unacknowledged emotions: tiredness, prejudice, suppressed resentment lead to condescension, flattery, anger and other subtexts which colour the consciously controlled verbal exchange.

While some great writers (Flaubert for instance) have examined these subtleties, very few film makers have. Even the great Junichiro Ozu steps back, as it were, and observes personal interactions in a social context. Satyajit Ray is almost alone in presenting what goes on beneath the surface of a persona, and as a result his characters are among the most richly realised in cinema.

This explains partly the comparative neglect that Ray's films have suffered. Many of them have never been available on disk. (True, this neglect is also partly due to Ray's carelessness about preserving his work, over which he had almost complete artistic control). But consider the context in which we see films. Action dominates the cinema world: our powerful reactions of fear, anger and lust are well catered to. On the sidelines are the human emotions, with actors registering the basic ones: love, fear, joy, despair, hate ' and this is seen as an accomplishment, made by those actors who can act. And then there is the cinema of Satyajit Ray, where a commonplace phrase can say so much, and a dozen expressions cross an actor's face before they reply. Ray is not more realistic than others, he just shows more. We may know this is happening with the people around us; we're not used to seeing it in films.

So a plot summary of a Ray film will often not tell us what it is about.
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