The Big City (Mahanagar)

Part of Modern Cinema

Sunday, October 14, 2018
12:30 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

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

“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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