Author: Satyajit Ray
Publisher: Eagle Video
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
AGANTUK –THE STRANGER
An well-off Indian family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman’s long lost uncle. The initial suspicion with which they greet the man slowly dissolves as he regales them with stories of his travels, tales that are t odds with their conventional middle class perspective on the world.
GHARE-BAIRE-THE HOME AND THE WORLD
When the movie opens, a woman is recalling the events that molded her perspective on the world. Years ago, her husband, a wealthy Western-educated landowner, challenged tradition by providing her with schooling, and inviting her out of the seclusion in which married women were kept, to the consternation of more conservative relatives. Meeting her husband’s visiting friend from college, a leader of an economic rebellion against the British, she takes up his political cause, despite her husbands warnings. As the story progresses, the relationship between the woman and the visitor becomes more than platonic, and the political battles, pitting rich against poor and Hindu against Moslem, turn out not to be quite as simple as she had first thought.
GANASATRU-AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
This has to be one of Ray’s lesser inspired works. He has made minimal effort to adapt the script of a play into an entertaining movie. The story, like all his movies, depicts struggle against social stigmas. But its dull. The characters fail to generate any bonding with the audience. The pace is extremely slow and the dialog stilted. This could be because Ray wa cautious of the sensitive issue being dealt with in the movie. He may right. The collusion of media and bureaucracy exposed by the movie is admirable. Bottomline, I would rather watch the same performance as a play instead of the move format.
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