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The Music Room

Directed by Satyajit Ray
1958
India
99 minutes
All Ages
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Ray’s 1958 drama is a haunting portrait of a once-wealthy aristocrat living in a dilapidated mansion, clinging to faded glory, wistful memories and his passion for music.
Biswambhar Roy is a landowner reduced to watching his ancestral home crumble around him. The decadent concerts he hosts in his ornate music room are his refuge from harsh reality and the changing face of a rapidly changing India in the 1920s. The indelible images of grandeur and decay captured by cinematographer Subrata Mitra add to the rich, almost Gothic mood of this vivid, melancholy film. Chhabi Biswas brings extraordinary complexity to the role of Ray’s tragic protagonist and the phenomenal musical interludes feature the work of composer and sitar player Ustad Vilayat Khan and dancer Roshan Kumari.
One of the most evocative opening scenes ever filmed.
Roger Ebert
Today, The Music Room can be seen as an early pointer to the future breadth and variety of Ray’s work, as well as to the grace, lucidity, grasp of social resonance, and sympathetic insight into complex human emotions that make him one of the world’s finest filmmakers.
Phillip Kemp, Criterion

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Sat 11 Jun
3pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Program Strand
Ray Retrospective
Original Title
Jalsaghar
Year
1958
Classification
All Ages
Country
India
Language
In Bengali with English subtitles
Director
Satyajit Ray
Producer
Satyajit Ray
Cast
Chhabi Biswas, Padma Devi, Pinaki Sengupta
Screenwriter
Satyajit Ray
Cinematographer
Subrata Mitra
Editor
Dulal Dutta
Genre
Cinephile, Retrospective, Indian subcontinent
Company Credits
Print source: Janus Films. Rights: Aurora Film Corporation.
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