The Coward (1965)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. Original Title: Kapurush India, 1965.  R.D. Banshal & Co..  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on the story Janaiko Kapurusher Kahini.  Cinematography by Soumendu Roy.   Produced by R.D. Bansal.   Music by Satyajit Ray.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.   Film Editing by Dulal Dutta. Amitabha (Soumitra Chatterjee), a screenwriter…

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The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (1969)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne India, 1969.  Purnima Pictures.  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on the story by Upendra Kishore Raychowdhuri.  Cinematography by Soumendu Roy.  Produced by Asim Dutta, Nepal Dutta.  Music by Satyajit Ray.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Costume Design by Satyajit Ray.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta. A terrific storybook adventure bursting with comedy…

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The Philosopher’s Stone (1958)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Parash Pathar India, 1958.  Aurora, L.B.Films International.  Dialogue and Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on a story by Rajshekhar ‘Parashuram’ Basu.  Cinematography by Subrata Mitra.  Produced by Promod Lahiri.  Music by Satyajit Ray, Ravi Shankar.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta.  Cannes Film Festival 1958. Lighthearted caprice from Satyajit Ray, about…

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The Golden Fortress (1974)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Sonar Kella India, 1974.  Government of West Bengal.  Story by Satyajit Ray, Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, Hindi dialogue by Hridayesh Pandey.  Cinematography by Soumendu Roy.  Music by Satyajit Ray.  Production Design by Ashoke Bose.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta. Wonderful cross-country adventure that begins when a married couple realize that the drawings their…

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The Music Room (1958)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Jalsaghar India, 1958.  Arora.  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, assistant screenplay writer Santi P. Choudhury, based on the story by Tarashankar Banerjee.  Cinematography by Subrata Mitra. Produced by Satyajit Ray.  Music by Ustad Vilayat Khan, Robin Majumdar.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta. An overextended aristocrat tries to hold on to…

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Charulata (1964)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Alternate title:  The Lonely Wife India, 1964.  R.D.Banshal & Co..  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on the story Nastaneer by Rabindranath Tagore.  Cinematography by Subrata Mitra.  Produced by R.D. Bansal. Music by Satyajit Ray.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta. Reuniting with Madhabi Mukherjee, the star of his masterful The Big City, Satyajit…

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The Goddess (1960)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:   Devi India, 1960.  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on the story by Prabhat Kumar Mukherjee.  Cinematography by Subrata Mitra.  Produced by Satyajit Ray.  Music by Ali Akbar Khan.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta.  Cannes Film Festival 1962. One of Satyajit Ray’s more playful and capricious films, but still possessing the…

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The Big City (1963)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Mahanagar India, 1963.  R.D.Banshal & Co..  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on a story by Narendranath Mitra.  Cinematography by Subrata Mitra.  Produced by R.D. Bansal.  Music by Satyajit Ray.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta.   The pleasure of watching Satyajit Ray’s films about women coming into their own sense of determination…

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The Chess Players (1977)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Shatranj Ke Khilari India, 1977.  Devki Chitra.  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, dialogue by Satyajit Ray, Javed Siddiqui, Shama Zaidi, from a story by Munshi Premchand.  Cinematography by Soumendu Roy.  Produced by Suresh Jindal.  Music by Satyajit Ray.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Costume Design by Haru Das, Shama Zaidi.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta.  Toronto International Film…

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The Middleman (1976)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Jana Aranya India, 1976.  Indus Films.  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on a novel by Manisankar ‘Sankar’ Mukherjee.  Cinematography by Soumendu Roy.  Produced by Subir Guha.  Music by Satyajit Ray.  Production Design by Ashoke Bose.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta. This less-remembered film by Satyajit Ray is an enjoyable morality tale. A young man…

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Days And Nights In The Forest (1970)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Aranyer Din Ratri India, 1970.  Priya Films.  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on a story by Sunil Gangopadhyay.  Cinematography by Soumendu Roy.  Produced by Asim Dutta, Nepal Dutta.  Music by Satyajit Ray.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Costume Design by Haru Das.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta. Four friends leave the busy city and head…

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Two Daughters (1961)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Teen Kanya India, 1961.  Satyajit Ray Productions.  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on stories by Rabindranath Tagore.  Cinematography by Soumendu Roy.  Produced by Satyajit Ray.  Music by Satyajit Ray.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta. Beautiful drama by India’s master filmmaker Satyajit Ray. It tells two stories (originally three when…

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