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Why is Satyajit Ray’s cinema great
Moments of Truth !
A mother affectionately running after her son to eat his food… a sister playfully forcing her brother’s eyelids open to wakeup…experiencing the wonder and excitement of the train for the first time, before it arrives….enjoying the sensuous fall of raindrops on mortal flesh …an old aunt narrating ancient tales coming to life with shadows on the wall….ripples in the lake sealing the lid to a secret.
These are unforgettable moments in Pather Panchali. Why ? They are filled with sensitive observations of life and with one gesture, one image, one word ….a world external and internal is revealed. These moments make you experience the truth of living. These moments not just tell you the story but make the story be experienced. You enter into Satyajit Ray’s film Pather Panchali not with your mere senses of vision and listening but with your heart and soul.
The yearning of a mother for her son in Aparijito
The tender love between a couple and the husband’s coming to terms with his wife’s death in Apu Sansar
The restless, playful and longing Charulata
Satyajit Ray’s films don’t leave you with a pessimist frustration but usually with a ray of hope.
Most of Satyajit Ray’s films go beyond merely looking realistic, but they ‘feel realistic’ and in that truth lies its power!
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