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The Big City (Criterion) (1963)

Cast: Anil Chatterjee, Jaya Bhaduri, Madhabi Mukherjee
Director: Satyajit Ray
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, India
Running Time: 131 min.
Languages: Bengali
Subtitles: English

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The Big City, the great Satyajit Rays 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.

[description from the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection used with permission]

GreenCine Member Reviews

A Black and White Gem by squad October 23, 2004 - 8:25 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This black and white film devoid of music surprised me. The acting is very good, as is the simple story. All of the characters are believable. Her employer is a very sympathetic character, and his outcome is somewhat of a surprise. Maybe because of the year the film was made, the issue of office romance wasn't pursued or left unspoken, but perhaps that was the direction the film would have taken had there been an alternate ending. As unbollywood as it can get, but still worthwhile to me.

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