Satyajit Ray

The Criterion Shelf: Directed by Satyajit Ray

In 1992, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted filmmaker Satyajit Ray an Honorary Oscar. They gave it “for his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures and for his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world.” Ray’s films had been delighting audiences around the world for five decades and the Academy, despite never having acknowledged him or his films with a nomination of any kind before this, made an astute choice in honouring this great filmmaker for his remarkable career. Unable to attend because he was grievously ill, he accepted via pre-recorded tape filmed on his deathbed, where his life would end a month later.
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Satyajit Ray at 100: The musical genius behind the auteur

To label Satyajit Ray merely an ‘auteur’ would be to put a cap on his multitude of talents. A giant of world cinema (figuratively and literally; he stood at six feet four), he frequently indulged in fiction writing, film criticism, publishing, calligraphy, illustration, graphic design and music composition. In fact, Ray came up with the idea for his first film, 1955’s Pather Panchali, when he was illustrating a children’s book of the same name.
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Satyajit Ray – THE HERO at Berlinale

The year 2021 will find special mention in the annals of Berlinale history for giving us the first-ever virtually programmed edition of the largest film festival in the world. Something else is also unique about this year as May 2nd will mark the birth centenary of an auteur whose name pops up more than any other filmmaker in the seventy-year history of the Berlinale. I’m referring to India’s greatest known filmmaker Satyajit Ray who is hero-worshipped in Berlin for being one of only four filmmakers to win the Silver Bear for Best Director more than once and for receiving a record number of seven Golden Bear nominations. In this piece, I’ll be reflecting on one of Ray’s Golden Bear nominated films, The Hero, which won the Special Jury Award and the Critics’ Prize (UNICRIT Award) at the Berlin International Film Festival, 1966. Perhaps, it is only fitting that this article’s heading – Satyajit Ray – The Hero at Berlinale – alludes to a dual reference of the filmmaker and his film.

New titles from Satyajit Ray, Wes Anderson and Mike Leigh join the Criterion lineup in April

Criterion have confirmed their April 2021 UK releases... This film about a woman’s artistic and romantic yearning by Satyajit Ray (The Music Room) is set in late nineteenth-century, pre-independence India. It takes place in the gracious home of a liberal-minded, workaholic newspaper editor and his lonely, stifled wife, Charulata (The Big City’s Madhabi Mukerjee), whose exquisitely composed features mask a burning creativity. When her husband’s poet cousin comes to stay with them, Charulata finds herself both inspired by him to pursue her own writing and dangerously drawn to him physically. Based on a novella by the great Rabindranath Tagore, Charulata is a work of subtle textures,