Ray: Life And Work Of Satyajit Ray

Directed by Goutam Ghose

The Postmaster

Directed by Satyajit Ray
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  • Ray: Life And Work Of Satyajit Ray

    Directed by Goutam Ghose.
    India, 1999, 35mm, color and b&w, 90 min.
    English and Bengali with English subtitles.

Satyajit Ray was an internationally celebrated director who drew praise from Jean Renoir, John Huston, and Akira Kurosawa. This film pays loving tribute to the giant of Bengali cinema and is directed by another noted Indian filmmaker, Goutam Ghose. Drawing from Ray's hallowed red notebook, where he recorded notes and sketches on his many projects, Ghose presents Ray as possessing multiple talents as a writer and illustrator of children's books. The film also retraces Ray's cinematic highlights, focusing particularly on his 1955 breakthrough Pather Panchali. (Film description reprinted from All Movie Guide)

  • The Postmaster

    Directed by Satyajit Ray.
    With Anil Chatterjee, Chandana Banerjee, Nripati Chatterjee.
    India, 1961, 35mm, black & white, 56 min.
    Bengali with English subtitles.

An aspiring poet leaves Calcutta to take a job as postmaster in a small village where he struggles with the monotony of rural life. After a near fatal bout with malaria, he develops a close relationship with his devoted servant girl whom he teaches to read and write. The strongest of three short films in Ray's "Three Daughters" trilogy was based on the tales of beloved author Rabindranath Tagore.

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