Satyajit Ray, The Big City (Mahanagar), 1963 (still); photo: Janus Film

Film

The Big City (Mahanagar)

Part of Modern Cinema: Satyajit Ray

Sunday, October 14, 2018

12:30 p.m.

“Ray sets his ironic and humorous eye on the plight of the Bengali middle class, caught amid the changing moralities of city life. The cultural crossfire is internalized in each individual. Focusing in particular on the role of women in this metamorphosis, Ray tells a story that is both minutely particular to Calcutta and universally recognizable. Madhabi Mukherjee gives a beautifully unfolding performance as the timorous housewife who finds her strength when she takes a job — selling knitting machines door to door — in order to help support her family and her husband’s extended family, all of whom resist the move.” — BAMPFA


Film Details

Country: India

Language: Bengali

Year: 1963

Running time: 131 min

Format:
35mm
Director: Satyajit Ray

Screenwriter: Satyajit Ray

Producer: R.D. Bansal

Cinematographer: Subrata Mitra

Editor: Dulal Dutta
Source: Academy Film Archive


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