Film Series

Modern Cinema: Satyajit Ray: Intimate Universes

October 4–21, 2018
Phyllis Wattis Theater
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“Somehow I feel that an ordinary person — the man in the street if you like — is a more challenging subject for exploration than people in the heroic mold. It is the half shades, the hardly audible notes that I want to capture and explore.” — Satyajit Ray

Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the twentieth-century by critics and cinephiles alike, Satyajit Ray was a multi-talented master storyteller. In addition to being a novelist, calligrapher, graphic designer, and film critic, Ray frequently served as screenwriter and producer, and sometimes composer on his films. Deeply felt, Ray’s delicate human dramas often express contemporary issues of Indian life. In 1950, after watching Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 Italian masterpiece Bicycle Thieves, Ray exited the theater determined to make movies. His debut feature, Pather Panchali (1955), was adapted from a popular work of Bengali literature, shot with mostly non-professional actors, and became the first part of his world-renowned Apu trilogy. A number of his earlier films, including The Goddess (Devi) (1960) and Charulata (1964), represent powerful and in-depth portraits of Indian women, while in his later years, Ray turned to detective stories and historical epics. This series brings together fifteen of his best-loved films, beautifully restored by the Academy Film Archive, alongside work that inspired or was inspired by him.

Modern Cinema, co-presented by SFMOMA and SFFILM, is a film series exploring the dynamic interactions between cinema’s past and present.

Films and schedules may be subject to change.

 

Modern Cinema’s Founding Supporters are Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein. Support is provided by Nion McEvoy and the Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund.

Events in this Series

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The Goddess (Devi)

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
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Salaam Bombay!

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
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Teen Kanya (Three Daughters)

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 12:30 p.m.
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Three Colors: Blue

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
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The Chess Players

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
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Heat and Dust

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
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Bad Hair

Friday, October 19, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
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The Music Room (Jalsaghar)

Friday, October 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
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Nayak: The Hero

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
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Shakespeare Wallah

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
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The Big City (Mahanagar)

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

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
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The Expedition (Abhijan)

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
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The Wind Will Carry Us

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
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The Darjeeling Limited

Friday, October 12, 2018, 9:00 p.m.
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Company Limited

Friday, October 12, 2018, 6:45 p.m.
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The Apu Trilogy

Friday, October 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
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Charulata (The Lonely Wife)

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
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The River

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
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The Elephant God

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
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Ikiru

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
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The Middleman

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
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Bicycle Thieves (The Bicycle Thief)

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
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Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)

Friday, October 5, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
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Aparajito

Friday, October 5, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
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The Coward (Kapurush)

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 8:45 p.m.
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Pather Panchali

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6:00 p.m.