Satyajit Ray is India's greatest filmmaker and his importance in the international world of cinema has long been recognised. Darius Cooper's study of Ray is the first to examine his rich and varied work from a social and historical perspective, and to situate it within Indian aesthetics. Providing analyses of selected films, including those that comprise The Apu Trilogy, Chess Players, and Jalsaghhar, among others, 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 colonised', and his attack and critique of the Bengali/Indian middle class of today. The most comprehensive treatment of 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.Read more
- 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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- Date Published: April 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
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