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Long Shadows: The Late Work of Satyajit Ray
Apr. 19 - Apr. 26
Satyajit Ray

The promised (and much-requested) follow-up to our 2009 Satyajit Ray tribute, Long Shadows: The Late Work of Satyajit Ray includes all the films made by Ray in the autumnal years of his career. Already an acknowledged giant of world cinema, Ray in these later works reveals a more meditative side: his brilliant powers of observation lead him to pare down his style, allowing his characters and the world to reveal themselves to us. Of special interest is Home and the World, his final, wonderful adaptation of a work by his mentor, Rabindranath Tagore (whose 150th anniversary we celebrate this year), as well as his final, luminous work, The Stranger, an extraordinary summing up of so much of Ray's worldview graced with a sensational lead performance by Utpal Dutt. Presented in collaboration with Columbia University.

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Special Three-Film Pass screening package:
$27 General Public
$21 Students & Seniors/IAAC Members***
$18 FSLC Members

Films in this Series
An Enemy of the People
Satyajit Ray, 1990 Buy Tickets: Fri Apr 22: 9:00 pm | Sat Apr 23: 7:10 pm |
In Ray’s reworking of the Ibsen play, Soumitra Chatterjee plays a beleaguered doctor who insists that a temple’s holy water is causing epidemics.

Deliverance (Sadgati)Deliverance (Sadgati)
Satyajit Ray, 1981 In Ray’s stark, unflinching short, a weakened Untouchable laborer dies on the job, forcing the landowner to deal with the consequences. SCREENING WITH: PIKOO's DIARY (1980, India; 26m) A boy’s day at home is filled with shattering and confusing revelations; and THE INNER EYE (1972, India; 19m) Ray’s exquisite portrait of painter Binode Bihari Mukherjee.

Distant Thunder
Distant Thunder
Satyajit Ray, 1973 Buy Tickets: Tue Apr 19: 6:15 pm | Sat Apr 23: 5:00 pm |
Ray revisits the village setting of the Apu Trilogy for a jarring drama about villagers during the Bengali Famine of 1943. New York Film Festival ’73.

Satyajit Ray, 1971 Buy Tickets: Thu Apr 21: 9:00 pm | Tue Apr 26: 4:15 pm |
Commissioned by the ruler of a Himalayan state, Ray made this controversial poetic sketch, which was swiftly subjected to censorship. SCREENING WITH BALA (1976, India; 33m) Ray’s rarely screened record of the famed Bharata Natyam dancer.

The Branches of a Tree
The Branches of a Tree
Satyajit Ray, 1990 Buy Tickets: Sun Apr 24: 3:20 pm | Tue Apr 26: 6:10 pm |
When a family patriarch falls ill, his grown sons rush in from Calcutta, leading to a reunion filled with painful ironies and lingering disillusionment.

The Chess Players
The Chess Players
Satyajit Ray, 1977 Buy Tickets: Wed Apr 20: 6:15 pm | Thu Apr 21: 3:50 pm | Sat Apr 23: 9:15 pm |
Shot in lavish color, Ray’s ironic elegy to 19th-century India tacks between an effete aristocrat threatened by the British, and two Lucknowi landowners absorbed in gameplaying.

The Elephant God
The Elephant God
Satyajit Ray, 1979 Buy Tickets: Wed Apr 20: 8:50 pm | Fri Apr 22: 4:00 pm |
Ray’s beloved Feluda teams up with his faithful sidekick and a mystery novelist to track down a stolen Ganesh figurine. Featuring knife-throwing and Benares in vivid color.

The Golden Fortress
The Golden Fortress
Satyajit Ray, 1974 Buy Tickets: Tue Apr 19: 8:30 pm | Wed Apr 20: 3:30 pm |
Two thieves kidnap a boy whose flashbacks to a past life may point the way to treasure. Master detective Feluda is on the case!

The Home and the World
The Home and the World
Satyajit Ray, 1984 Buy Tickets: Fri Apr 22: 1:15 pm | Fri Apr 22: 6:15 pm | Sun Apr 24: 6:00 pm |
In Ray’s take on the 1905 Bengali partition protests, a bourgeois woman (Swatilekha Chatterjee) falls for a strident nationalist (Soumitra Chatterjee). Adapted from Rabindranath Tagore.

The Kingdom of Diamonds
The Kingdom of Diamonds
Satyajit Ray, 1980 Buy Tickets: Thu Apr 21: 1:30 pm | Thu Apr 21: 6:30 pm |
Ray pulls out all the stops for the fantastical sci-fi return of delightful duo Goupy and Bagha, who must contend with a dictator’s brainwashing machine.

The Stranger
The Stranger
Satyajit Ray, 1991 Buy Tickets: Sun Apr 24: 8:45 pm | Tue Apr 26: 2:15 pm | Tue Apr 26: 8:45 pm |
In this disarming, thoughtful coda to Ray’s career, a forgotten uncle (Utpal Dutt) visits his family after decades of wandering, leading to debates over civility and civilization.

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