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The Big City

Satyajit Ray

 
The Big City (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • India
  • 1963
  • 135 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Bengali
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  • Spine #668

The Big City, the great Satyajit Ray’s first portrayal of contemporary life in his native Kolkata, follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family. With remarkable sensitivity and attention to the details of everyday working-class life, Ray builds a powerful human drama that is at once a hopeful morality tale and a commentary on the identity of the modern Indian woman.

Cast

Subrata MazumdarAnil Chatterjee
Arati Mazumdar Madhabi Mukherjee
Bani, Subrata’s sister Jaya Bhaduri
Priyagopal, Subrata’s fatherHaren Chatterjee
Sarojini, Subrata’s mother Sefalika Devi
Pintu Prasenjit Sarkar
Mr. Mukerjee Haradhan Banerjee
Edith Simmons Vicky Redwood
Priyagopal’s former students Bibhuti Banerjee
Priyagopal’s former students Shyamal Ghosal
Priyagopal’s former students Shailen Mukherjee

Credits

DirectorSatyajit Ray
ProducerR. D. Bansal
Based on the original stories “Abataranika” and “Akinchan” byNarendranath Mitra
MusicSatyajit Ray
ScreenplaySatyajit Ray
CinematographySubrata Mitra
Art directorBansi Chandragupta
EditorDulal Dutta
SoundDebesh Ghosh, Atul Chatterjee and Sujit Sarkar

Disc Features

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview with actor Madhabi Mukherjee
  • Satyajit Ray and the Modern Woman, a new interview with Ray scholar Suranjan Ganguly
  • The Coward (Kapurush, 1965), a short feature by Ray that also addresses modern female identity and stars Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee
  • Satyajit Ray (1974), a documentary short by B. D. Garga
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Chandak Sengoopta and a 1980s interview with Ray by his biographer Andrew Robinson


New cover by Marian Bantjes

Film Essays

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The Big City: A Woman’s Place

By Chandak Sengoopta August 19, 2013

This moving drama about gender, race, and class in 1960s Kolkata is a pioneering work from Satyajit Ray. Read more »

Dispatches

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Flashback: Satyajit Ray

By Peter Cowie January 27, 2014

The author’s encounters with the great Indian filmmaker. Read more »


10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: The Big City and Charulata

By Abbey Lustgarten August 28, 2013


Film Essays

Bigcityfg1a_thumbnail

The Big City: A Woman’s Place

By Chandak Sengoopta August 19, 2013

This moving drama about gender, race, and class in 1960s Kolkata is a pioneering work from Satyajit Ray. Read more »