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The Music Room (Jalsaghar) (Criterion) (1958)

Cast: Chhabi Biswas, Padma Devi
Director: Satyajit Ray
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Criterion Collection
Languages: Bengali
Subtitles: English

The Music Room (Jalsaghar) (Criterion) (1958)
The action occurs in a palace in Nimitia, in Bengal, at the beginning of the century. On his terrace, smoking a hookah, the zamindar has his memory stirred by the sound of some music from the coming of age ceremony of his neighbor's son. He recalls his own son's initiation and the recitals in his salon to which he invited the finest musicians, the most beautiful singers, the greatest dancers. Now his wife and his son are dead and his status as an important landowner has declined. Goaded by his neighbor, an arrogant pretender who boasts of his taste in music, the zamindar opens his salon once again and ruins himself with a final recital. He savors the music. He savors his victory and toasts his ancestors. At dawn, he departs on his horse and leaves this elegant world behind.

The Music Room (Jalsaghar) (Criterion) (Bonus Disc) (1958)

  • Satyajit Ray (1984), a feature documentary by Shyam Benegal that chronicles Ray's career through interviews with the filmmaker, family photographs, and extensive clips from his films
  • New interviews with Satyajit Ray biographer Andrew Robinson and filmmaker Mira Nair
  • Excerpt from a 1981 French roundtable discussion with Ray, film critic Michel Ciment, and director Claude Sautet

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