An Enemy of the People Film Still

An Enemy of the People

Satyajit Ray

 
  • India
  • 1989
  • 99 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Bengali
  •  

In Satyajit Ray’s absorbing contemporary adaptation of a play by Henrik Ibsen, a good-hearted doctor discovers that the serious illness befalling the citizens of his small Bengali town may be due to a contamination of the holy water at the local temple. His findings are met not with public gratitude but with rancor, as well as opposition from local authorities, who are afraid the news will keep visitors away. Stately in style but with a fiery debate at its heart, An Enemy of the People gets at the tension between religion and science in everyday Indian life.

Cast

Dr. Ashoke GuptaSoumitra Chatterjee
Maya, Dr. Gupta’s wifeRuma Guha Thakurta
Indrani, Dr. Gupta’s daughterMamata Shankar
NisithDhritiman Chatterjee
Haridas BagchiDipankar Dey
Biresh Subhendu Chatterjee
AdhirManoj Mitra

Credits

DirectorSatyajit Ray
ProducerNational Film Development Corporation of India
ScreenplaySatyajit Ray
Adapted from the play An Enemy of the People byHenrik Ibsen
CinematographyBarun Raha
EditorDulal Dutta
Art directionAshoke Bose
MusicSatyajit Ray

Film Essays

Laterayessays_current_thumbnail

Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray

By Michael Koresky January 07, 2014

Satyajit Ray was ailing when he made them, but these three works from the great filmmaker’s final years show an artist at the height of his powers. Read more »

Dispatches

Current_cowie_tajmahal_thumbnail

Flashback: Satyajit Ray

By Peter Cowie January 27, 2014

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


Film Essays

Laterayessays_current_thumbnail

Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray

By Michael Koresky January 07, 2014

Satyajit Ray was ailing when he made them, but these three works from the great filmmaker’s final years show an artist at the height of his powers. Read more »

Eclipse_ray_stranger_w160

Personal Favorites

by madnira

Updated 09/18/2017

P_w160

1989

by Sean Ramsdell

Updated 11/30/2016

Film_416w_missjuliea_w160

Film Adaptations from Stageplays

by rcaro

Updated 10/09/2016

Film_591w_12angrymen_w160

Movies I have watched.

by Ashutosh

Updated 01/06/2018

prashasti

Updated 02/15/2018

Film_590w_red_w80

AaronH

Updated 02/10/2018

Greg S.

Updated 12/30/2017

Shochikuhorror_filmw_livingskeleton_w80

QueenBPD

Updated 10/27/2017

Film_702w_greatbeauty_pg_w80

Bergmaniac

Updated 01/04/2018

Film_302w_harakiri_w80

Ryan Williams

Updated 02/15/2018

Patrick J.

Updated 07/04/2017

Film_101w_crieswhispers_w80

Jeremy C.

Updated 02/23/2018

Film_147w_inmoodlove_w80

Shelly M. Sampon

Updated 02/13/2018

Mamono Hunter Stevie

Updated 11/28/2016

Close

Log in to your Criterion.com account