The Hero (1966)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 Original Title: Nayak India, 1966. R.D.Banshal & Co.. Story and Screenplay by Satyajit Ray. Cinematography by Subrata Mitra. Produced by R.D. Bansal, Sharankumari Bansal. Music by Satyajit Ray. Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta. Film Editing by Dulal Dutta, Satyajit Ray. Uttam Kumar, himself a major film star…

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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.   Lighthearted caprice from Satyajit Ray, about a low-level bank…

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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.   One of Satyajit Ray’s more playful and capricious films, but still possessing the emotional resonance of…

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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 World Of Apu (1959)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Apur Sansar India, 1959.  Satyajit Ray Productions.  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on the story Aparajito by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.  Cinematography by Subrata Mitra.  Produced by Satyajit Ray.  Music by Ravi Shankar.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta.   Satyajit Ray’s beautiful trilogy of films comes to a conclusion with this exploration…

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Aparajito (1956)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  India, 1956.  Epic Productions.  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on the novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.  Cinematography by Subrata Mitra.  Produced by Satyajit Ray.  Music by Ravi Shankar.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta. Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy continues after Pather Panchali with the further adventures of his delightful young hero….

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Pather Panchali (1955)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  India, 1955.  Government of West Bengal.  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on the novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.  Cinematography by Subrata Mitra.  Music by Ravi Shankar.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta.   Positively stunning debut by master filmmaker Satyajit Ray, whose career to follow was rich with films as subtly nuanced…

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Bombay Talkie (1970)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1970.  Merchant Ivory Productions.  Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, James Ivory.  Cinematography by Subrata Mitra.  Produced by Ismail Merchant.  Music by Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal, Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi.  Production Design by A. Rangaraj.  Costume Design by Hassan Sheikh.  Film Editing by David Gladwell.   Colourful tribute to the world of Bollywood filmmaking and an early effort from the…

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Shakespeare Wallah (1965)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1965.  Merchant Ivory Productions.  Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, James Ivory.  Cinematography by Subrata Mitra.  Produced by Ismail Merchant.  Music by Satyajit Ray.  Costume Design by Jennifer Kendal.  Film Editing by Amit Bose. A troupe of English actors, led by a mother, father and daughter (played by real-life family Geoffrey Kendal, Laura Liddell…

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The Householder (1963)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  India, 1963.  Merchant Ivory Productions.  Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, based on her novel.  Cinematography by Subrata Mitra.  Produced by Ismail Merchant.  Music by Ali Akbar Khan.  Costume Design by Bettina Gill.  Film Editing by Raja Ram Khetle.   A struggling Bombay schoolteacher (Shashi Kapoor) is attending a wedding and tells the groom of his first…

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