Film

The Expedition (Abhijan)

Part of Modern Cinema

Saturday, October 13, 2018
4:30 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

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Satyajit Ray, The Expedition, 1962 (still); image: courtesy Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“The great Bollywood superstar Waheeda Rehman stars in one of Ray’s most atypical films, a commercially successful noir melodrama filled with taxi drivers, drug smugglers, and prostitutes....Soumitra Chatterjee, a long way from his performances in The World of Apu, plays a proud, down-on-his-luck Rajput taxi driver who starts working for a corrupt merchant known for opium trafficking, while Rehman costars as a prostitute who soon finds herself in peril. Surprisingly nuanced for a commercial melodrama, surprisingly (and entertainingly) pulpy for a Ray film, The Expedition won the National Award in India in 1962.” — BAMPFA

Film Details

Country: India
Language: Bengali
Year: 1962
Running time: 150 min
Format: 35mm
Director: Satyajit Ray
Screenwriter: Satyajit Ray
Producer: Bhola Nath Roy
Cinematographer: Soumendu Roy
Editor: Dulal Dutta
Source: Academy Film Archive


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