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The Hero

Satyajit Ray

 
The Hero (Criterion Blu-Ray)

20 Feb 2018

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • India
  • 1966
  • 117 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Bengali
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  • Spine #911

In this psychologically rich character study, written and directed by Satyajit Ray, Bengali film star Uttam Kumar draws on his real-world celebrity to play Arindam Mukherjee, a matinee idol on the brink of his first flop. When Mukherjee boards an overnight train to Delhi to accept an award, a journalist (Sharmila Tagore) approaches him seeking an exclusive interview, which initiates a conversation that sends the actor reeling down a path of self-examination. Seamlessly integrating rueful flashbacks and surreal dream sequences with the quietly revelatory stories of the train’s other passengers, The Hero is a graceful meditation on art, fame, and regret from one of world cinema’s most keenly perceptive filmmakers.

Cast

Arindam MukherjeeUttam Kumar
Aditi SenguptaSharmila Tagore
Mukunda LahiriBireswar Sen
ShankarSomen Bose
Jyoti, Arindam’s managerNirmal Ghosh
BireshPremangshu Bose
Promila ChatterjeeSumita Sanyal
Mr. BoseRanjit Sen
Manorama, Bose’s wifeBharati Devi
Bulbul, the Boses’ daughterLali Chowdhury
Pritish SarkarKamu Mukherjee
Molly, Sarkar’s wifeSusmita Mukherjee
Mr. AjoySubrata Sen Sharma
Sefalika, Ajoy’s wifeJamuna Sinha
Hiralal, film producerKamal Misra
Mr. Chatterjee, elderly journalistJogesh Chatterjee
SwamiSatya Banerjee
ConductorGopal Dey

Disc Features

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New program featuring an interview from 2008 with actor Sharmila Tagore
  • New program featuring film scholar Meheli Sen
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by author Pico Iyer and a 1980 tribute to actor Uttam Kumar by director Satyajit Ray

    Original poster by Satyajit Ray

Film Essays

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The Hero: Depths and Surfaces

By Pico Iyer February 22, 2018

Bengali cinema icon Uttam Kumar stars as a matinee idol on the brink of failure in this deeply introspective meditation on art and fame. Read more »

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A Closer Look at Bengali Superstar Uttam Kumar

February 26, 2018

Film scholar Meheli Sen discusses the particular qualities that made Bengali actor Uttam Kumar a star and the perfect leading man for Satyajit Ray’s The Hero. Read more »


Film Essays

Current_28449id_765_thumbnail

The Hero: Depths and Surfaces

By Pico Iyer February 22, 2018

Bengali cinema icon Uttam Kumar stars as a matinee idol on the brink of failure in this deeply introspective meditation on art and fame. Read more »

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