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Company Limited

Directed by Satyajit Ray
1971
India
112 minutes
All Ages
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A scalpel-sharp social drama in which Ray slyly dissects the lifestyle, politics and emerging corporate culture permeating Kolkata’s middle class.
Barun Chanda brings wit, charisma and a sense of underlying anxiety to the role of Shyamal, an ambitious manager at a British-owned firm manufacturing fans. Sharmila Tagore is brilliant as his sister-in-law Tutul, who is visiting the city for the first time. Shyamal wants to show off his sophistication and accomplishments – there is clearly an unspoken attraction – but an unforeseen glitch at the factory threatens his career and his dreams. In typical Ray fashion, there is great empathy for the characters despite the clinical observation of their foibles. Lively editing enhances simmering domestic and workplace tensions and the revolutionary activity gripping Kolkata at the time yields fascinating political subtext.

35mm print courtesy of the Packard Humanities Institute Collection at the Academy Film Archive. 
Ray’s biggest achievement… is to remind us that even after we have achieved everything we have ever desired, we may still find ourselves to be lonely, dejected and discontent.
Bhaskar Chattopadhyay, Firstpost.
Its realist depiction of the new urban culture recognises the prices that culture extracts, while maintaining the humanism which Ray demonstrated in his renowned Apu trilogy.
Harvard Film Archive

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Sat 18 Jun
2pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Program Strand
Ray Retrospective
Original Title
Seemabaddha
Year
1971
Classification
All Ages
Country
India
Language
In Bengali with English subtitles
Director
Satyajit Ray
Producer
Bharat Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana
Cast
Sharmila Tagore, Barun Chanda, Parumita Chowdhury
Screenwriter
Satyajit Ray
Cinematographer
Soumendu Roy
Editor
Dulal Dutta
Genre
Festival Award Winners, Cinephile, Retrospective, Indian subcontinent
Company Credits
Print courtesy of the Packard Humanities Institute Collection at the Academy Film Archive. Rights: Pooja Rani.
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