Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray [DVD]
- SKU: 22807742
- Release Date: 01/07/2014
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Legendary Indian film director Satyajit Ray developed this project based on a classic play by Henryk Ibsen because his doctor wanted him to only shoot films in a studio. The story has been transferred to Bengal, and Bengali is the language used in the film. In the story, Dr. Ashoke Gupta (Soumitra Chatterji) is an idealistic doctor working in a town near Calcutta. He discovers that the water at a popular temple is the source of an outbreak of typhoid and hepatitis. In order to save lives, he risks his career to try and call attention to this polluted water source. His efforts are thwarted by a local group of building contractors, who attempt to discredit him in various ways. Despite that, Dr. Gupta has supporters, and a reporter from Calcutta offers to tell his story in the papers there. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Satyajit Ray's final film is a deceptively simple modern fable about a mysterious and world-weary old man (Utpal Dutt), who comes to stay with a middle-class Calcutta family, claiming to be the wife's long-lost uncle, Manmohan Mitra. Anila (Mamata Shankar), the wife, wants to believe him, but her husband, Sudhindra (Deepankar De), has his doubts. The couple's young son, Satyaki (Bikram Bhattacharya), is enthralled by Manmohan's exotic tales of his magical adventures, which have taken him from New York to the jungles of the Amazon, and pretty much regards the whole thing as a game. As the family and their friends try to figure out who exactly he is, his very presence forces them to reflect on their own lives and identities. ~ Tom Vick, Rovi
The Home and the World
Released in India as Ghare Baire, Home and the World offers a rare collaboration between that country's top director Satyajit Ray and versatile Indian film-personality Victor Banerjee. The latter plays a well-educated Hindu living in colonial East Bengal in 1908. When British governor-general Lord Curzon deliberately foments unrest between the Hindus and the Muslims in order to solidify his own power, Banerjee's best friend Soumitra Chatterjee tries to organize his countrymen into a rebellion. Banerjee introduces his wife Swatilekha Chatterjee to his charismatic rebel friend, hoping in this way to test his wife's love. Her attraction to the rebel is but one of the many wedges, both personal and political, driven between the two friends as Hindu/Muslim tensions flare up. Based on a 1919 novel by poet Rabindranath Tagore, Home and the World had long been a pet project of Satyajit Ray's, but he'd been unable to bring the book to the screen until India's political climate allowed him to do so. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Soumitra Chatterjee - Dr. Ashoke Gupta
- Dhritiman Chatterjee - Nishith Gupta
- Subhendu Chatterjee - Biresh Guha
- Manoj Mitra - Adhir