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Devi

Directed by Satyajit Ray
1960
India
99 minutes
All Ages
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Regarded as Ray’s first overtly political film, this haunting psychological drama tackles religious fanaticism and the oppression of women in late 19th century rural Bengal.
Wealthy householder (Chhabi Biswas) has a dream that his beloved daughter-in-law (Sharmila Tagore) is an incarnation of the goddess Kali. His belief is soon taken as fact by the community and she becomes trapped in the role of a living icon. Teenage Tagore is remarkable as the young woman suffocating under the weight of her community’s faith in her divinity. Stark expressionist cinematography by Subrata Mitra and a haunting score by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan bring subtle notes of horror to the proceedings.
We know of Indian cinema through Ray’s works and – to me – his best is Devi, a cinematic milestone.
Francis Ford Coppola
Devi is a haunting experience, and should have been, coming from afar from a man born to make movies.
New York Times

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Sun 12 Jun
2:50pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Program Strand
Ray Retrospective
Original Title
Devi
Year
1960
Classification
All Ages
Country
India
Language
In Bengali with English subtitles
Director
Satyajit Ray
Producer
Satyajit Ray Productions
Cast
Chhabi Biswas, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore
Cinematographer
Subrata Mitra
Editor
Dulal Dutta
Genre
Cinephile, Retrospective, Indian subcontinent
Company Credits
Restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project through a collaboration of the Academy Film Archive, the Merchant-Ivory Foundation and the Film Foundation. 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.
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