March 14: Mahanagar

Thursday, March 14 2019 | 8PM Mahanagar aka The Big City India 1963 d. Satyajit Ray with Madhabi Mukherjee, Anil Chatterjee, Haradhan Bannerjee and Jaya Bhaduri.  In Bengali with English subtitles. Black and white. 131 m

“…there is nothing obscure or over-stylized about this characteristic work by Mr. Ray. It is another of his beautifully fashioned and emotionally balanced contemplations of change in the thinking, the customs and the manners of the Indian middle-class….his film, on the whole, is so poignant, so good-humored, sad and serene; the pace is so meaningfully languid, the atmosphere so true, that it leaves one, again, with the feeling of having spent a time in heartwarming emotional contact with a family in India. Bosley Crowther

Links: IMDB Wikipedia

See Also: Uttar Falguni (Sen, 1963), Shehar Aur Sapna aka The City and the Dream (Abbas, 1963), The Householder (Ivory, 1963)