The Music Room
Film Foundation Screening Program
(1958, 100 mins)
In Bengali with English subtitles
This stunning film by director Satyajit Ray is based on a novel by the Bengali writer Tarashankar Banerjee about a turn-of-the-century aristocrat named Biswambhar Roy whose wealth is dwindling, yet he continues to spend money on lavish concerts in his music room. His existence may be threatened, but his vision of perfection, embodied in the hypnotic musical sequences, will not be denied. Many of Ray’s films have a rueful, Chekhovian tone of ironically tinged regret, a mood that is crystallized in The Music Room, one of the greatest films in the history of Indian cinema.
Sat, Jun 19th 4:30pm