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Thu February 27, 2014

Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray (India, 1961)

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"I put in as much work on it as on three feature films," stated Ray of this documentary. It was commissioned by the Indian government to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Rabindranath Tagore, the 1913 Nobel Prize–winning poet, writer, and painter, in whose school the young Ray studied (and where he read his first books on cinema). Ray's approach to Tagore's biography combines a skillful use of documents with reconstructions involving actors.

• Written by Ray. Photographed by Soumendu Roy. With Raya Chatterji, Sumuran Ghosal, Shovanial Gagophyay (54 mins, English narration, B&W, 16mm, From the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center, courtesy Academy Film Archive, permission Janus Films/Criterion Collection)

Preceded by:
Sukumar Ray (India, 1987). A moving tribute to the life and work of Ray’s father, Sukumar, lingers on his paintings, photographs, and texts. (30 mins, In Bengali with English subtitles, Color, From Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center, courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)

Total running time: 84 mins
"I put in as much work on it as on three feature films," stated Ray of this documentary. It was commissioned by the Indian government to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Rabindranath Tagore, the 1913 Nobel Prize–winning poet, writer, and painter, in whose school the youn...
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