Satyajit Ray, The Music Room, 1958 (still); image: courtesy Janus Films

Film

The Music Room (Jalsaghar)

Part of Modern Cinema: Satyajit Ray

“This stunning film by director Satyajit Ray, is based on a novel by the Bengali writer Tarashankar Banerjee about a turn-of-the-century aristocrat named Biswambhar Roy whose funds and holdings are dwindling but who continues to spend money on lavish concerts in his music room. His existence may be threatened, but his vision of perfection, embodied in the hypnotic musical sequences, will not be denied. Many of Ray’s films have a rueful, Chekhovian tone of ironically tinged regret, a tone that is crystallized in The Music Room, one of the greatest films in the history of Indian cinema. When the Academy Film Archive restored Ray’s film, it had to work with extremely compromised and damaged materials — the finished product is something close to a miracle.” — SFFILM


Film Details

Country: India

Language: Bengali

Year: 1958

Running time: 100 min

Format:
35mm
Director: Satyajit Ray

Screenwriters: Satyajit Ray, Santi P. Choudhury

Producer: Satyajit Ray

Cinematographer: Subrata Mitra

Editor: Dulal Dutta


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