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Speaking of Films

Satyajit Ray

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ISBN 10: 0144000261 / ISBN 13: 9780144000265
Published by Penguin, New Delhi, 2005
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Contents Foreword. 1. My life my work. 2. The making of a film structure language and style. 3. The language of Cinema then and now. 4. Soviet Cinema. 5. Bengali films in the past. 6. Aspects of art in Bengali cinema. 7. Two problems. 8. Background music in films. 9. Dialogue in films. 10. Films in colour. 11. A critic in the eyes of a director. 12. On Apur Sansar. 13. On Charulata. 14. Alias Indir Thakrun. 15. Two characters. 16. Benode Da. 17. Stray thoughts. 18. A quarter of a century. 19. Filmography. Index. Exactly fifty years ago in 1955 the release of Pather Panchali heralded the arrival of a master in the world of cinema. Over the next forty years Satyajit Ray came to be regarded as one of the world's finest film makers ever. Today more than a decade after his death he continues to be India's most respected name in international film circles. Apart from his achievements as a director Ray was also a prolific writer of novels short stories and essays on cinema. Speaking of Films brings together some of Ray's most memorable writings on film and film making. With the masterly precision and clarity that characterize his films Ray discusses a wide array of subjects the structure and language of cinema with special reference to his adaptations of Tagore and Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay the appropriate use of background music and dialogue in films the relationship between a film maker and a film critic and important developments in cinema like the advent of sound and colour. He also writes about his own experiences the challenges of working with rank amateurs and the innovations called for when making a film in the face of technological financial and logistical constraints. In the process Ray provides fascinating behind the scenes glimpses of the people who worked with him the intricacies of getting Chhabi Biswas who had no ear for music to play a patron of classical music in Jalsaghar the incredible memory of the seventy five year old Chunibala Devi Indir Thakrun of Pather Panchali and her remarkable attention to details. This first ever translation of Bishay Chalachitra a seminal collection of essays on cinema speaking of films retains the lucidity and simplicity that is a hallmark of Ray's writing and gives an invaluable insight into the mind of a genius. 220 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 57051

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Title: Speaking of Films

Publisher: Penguin, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:As New

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