Satyajit Ray: Intimate Universes

When 4 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
Where SFMOMA Phyllis Wattis Theater
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the twentieth-century by critics and cinephiles alike, Satyajit Ray was a multi-talented master storyteller. In addition to being a novelist, calligrapher, graphic designer, and film critic, Ray frequently served as screenwriter and producer, and sometimes composer on his films. Deeply felt, Ray’s delicate human dramas often express contemporary issues of Indian life. In 1950, after watching Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 Italian masterpiece Bicycle Thieves, Ray exited the theater determined to make movies. His debut feature, Pather Panchali (1955), was adapted from a popular work of Bengali literature, shot with mostly non-professional actors, and became the first part of his world-renowned Apu trilogy. A number of his earlier films, including The Goddess (Devi) (1960) and Charulata (1964), represent powerful and in-depth portraits of Indian women, while in his later years, Ray turned to detective stories and historical epics. This series brings together fifteen of his best-loved films, beautifully restored by the Academy Film Archive, alongside work that inspired or was inspired by him.

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