By Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray, one of many maximum auteurs of 20th century cinema, was once a Bengali motion-picture director, author, and illustrator who set a brand new general for Indian cinema along with his Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali (Song of the Little highway) (1955), Aparajito (The Unvanquished) (1956), and Apur Sansar (The global of Apu) (1959). His paintings was once famous for its humanism, versatility, realization to aspect, and expert use of tune. He was once additionally extensively praised for his serious and highbrow writings, which reflect his filmmaking of their precision and wide-ranging take hold of of background, tradition, and aesthetics.
Spanning 40 years of Ray's occupation, those essays, for the 1st time amassed in a single quantity, current the filmmaker's reflections at the paintings and craft of the cinematic medium and comprise his options on sentimentalism, mass tradition, silent movies, the impression of the French New Wave, and the event of being a profitable director. Ray speaks at the trouble of adapting literary works to reveal, the character of the trendy movie competition, and the outstanding contributions of Jean-Luc Godard and the Indian actor, director, manufacturer, and singer Uttam Kumar. the gathering additionally good points an excerpt from Ray's diaries and reproduces his sketches of recognized movie personalities, reminiscent of Sergei Eisenstein, Charlie Chaplin, and Akira Kurosawa, as well as movie posters, images by way of and of the artist, movie stills, and a filmography. Altogether, the quantity relays the whole quantity of Ray's engagement with movie and gives huge entry to the idea of 1 of the twentieth-century's best Indian intellectuals.
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One of many cinemas used to be in the campus of the college. I needed to move there each day to introduce my movies to the scholars and to respond to questions on the finish. Altogether a such a lot clean switch from the regimen of the eu fairs. If we're to have foreign movie fairs in India, I firmly think that they need to be deliberate at the traces of Chicago or San Francisco. Prizes are priceless as a bait to the lesser film-producing nations; and as a sop to our personal public, a sprinkling of stars one of the invited delegates wouldn’t be a foul thought. eventually, and most significantly, the pageant may be nonexclusive. In different phrases, we should always give you the option to invite for particular movies, the highlights from the previous fairs, in addition to the easiest of contemporary American and British Cinema that are now not obtainable to us commercially, instead of depart the alternative to the manufacturers. it really is tough to think that significant international manufacturers could earmark their extra prestigious productions for India, while as power industry India has so little to supply. Span, August 1974 22 OUR gala's, THEIR gala's IF the standard of flicks have been the only criterion, without doubt the best movie fairs ever held anyplace used to be the 1st overseas movie pageant in India in 1952. This came about simply months after I had all started capturing Pather Panchali. i used to be nonetheless in advertisements and in addition a great deal keen on the operating of the Calcutta movie Society, then 5 years previous. once we learnt that the govt was once making plans a movie competition, we released in our bulletin an extended checklist of international movies which we felt might be incorporated within the pageant. We despatched a replica of the bulletin to the ministry in Delhi, and that i needs to say that almost all of what we advised did ultimately take place. Few fairs prior to or considering have supplied this type of banquet of exceptional motion pictures. And mercifully, there have been no jurors, no prizes, no seminars, few events and just a handful of vacationing celebrities. The association consisted basically of buying the flicks and buying the theatres to monitor them. For the movie buffs – current author integrated – it intended a gentle nutrition of 4 function movies an afternoon for a fortnight. We rushed from one cinema to a different, slightly recuperating from the influence of 1 powerful paintings ahead of one other impinged on our realization, reeling at day’s finish, yet clean the subsequent morning for extra adventures. it'd be fallacious to claim that the 1st foreign movie pageant replaced the process Indian cinema, even though one needs it did. Indian cinema stayed resolutely at the overwhelmed song; however the impact left at the discerning filmgoer was once deep and lasting. Venice, 1957 the 1st movie pageant I attended out of the country used to be in Venice in 1957. My movie Aparajito was once an access within the aggressive part. within the similar part have been motion pictures via Akira Kurosawa, Luchino Visconti, Fred Zinnemann and Nicholas Ray. i'm being completely sincere while I say that I had no longer the slightest desire of profitable any prizes.