The Music Room [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1958]

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Special Features

  • Satyajit Ray (1984), a feature Documentary by Shyam Benegal that chronicles Ray's career through Interviews with the Filmmaker, Family Photographs, and extensive clips from his films
  • New Interviews with Ray biographer Andrew Robinson and Filmmaker Mira Nair
  • Excerpt from a 1981 French roundtable discussion featuring Ray, film critic Michel Ciment, and Director Claude Sautet
  • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp, a 1963 essay by Ray on the film's location, and a 1986 interview with the Director about the film's music


The Music Room
After completing his widely acclaimed Pather Panjali and Aparajito, the first two films in his "Apu Trilogy," Bengali director Satyajit Ray squeezed in time for this modest drama before finishing his trilogy in 1959 with The World of Apu. Possibly analogous to a broader picture of existence or even modern India, this compelling tale traces the deteriorating life of an old country nobleman. He lives in the past, in a slowly decaying villa, and cannot adjust to the fast-changing, vastly different modern world that surrounds him on all sides. Melancholy and inward-turning, he remembers the grand old days of societal soirées and political power and mourns the death of his wife and his son, deaths which he survived only to live alone in a house filled with memories. In a last-gasp effort, the old man opts for one grand gesture to recall past glories. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Chhabi Biswas - Huzur Biswambhar Roy
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    Ganga Pada Basu - Mahim Ganguly
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    Kali Sarkar - Roy's Servant
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    Padma Devi - Mahamaya, Roy's wife
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    Tulshi Chakraborty - Manager of Roy's Estate

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