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The Cinema of Satyajit Ray

The Cinema of Satyajit Ray
Between Tradition and Modernity

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Film

  • Date Published: January 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629805

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  • The most comprehensive treatment of Satyajit Ray's work, The Cinema of Satyajit Ray makes accessible the oeuvre of one of the most prolific and creative filmmakers of the twentieth century. Providing analyses of selected films, including those that comprise The Apu Trilogy, Chess Players, and Jalsaghar, among others, Darius Cooper outlines Western influences on Ray's work, such as the plight of women functioning within a patriarchal society, Ray's political vision of the "doubly colonized," and his attack and critique of the Bengali/Indian middle class of today.

    • Cooper situates and evaluates Ray's cinema from an Indian aesthetic as well as Indian social and historical perspective
    • Cooper's study of Ray singles out both the Western and Indian influences in his films
    • Cooper shows that Ray's film oeuvre arises from within the Indian tradition itself
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    "Well-informed descriptions of Indian society and history contextualize the author's careful presentation of each film's plot and hist well-grounded comments about the fim maker's stylistic decisions. Cooper writes lucidly enough that even upper-division undergraduates can make use of the excellent jumping-off point for future studies of Ray's cinema." Choice

    " clearly an important contribution to our knowledge of Satyajit Ray's films... The great strength of the book is that it provides an innovative and detailed analysis of many of Ray's films, and anyone with an interest in Ray should read this book. In addition, it adds an important dimension to cinema studies and will, therefore, be useful to anyone who is interested in world cinema." Herman Van Olphen, Journal of Asian Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521629805
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.433kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Between wonder, intuition and suggestion: Rasa in Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy and Jalsaghar
    2. From gazes to threat: the Odyssian Yatra (journey) of the Ray woman
    3. The responses, trauma and subjectivity of the Ray Purush (man)
    4. Satyajit Ray's political version of the doubly colonized
    5. From newly discovered Margins: Ray's responses to the center
    Selected bibliography

  • Author

    Darius Cooper, San Diego Mesa College

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