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Speaking Of Films

Speaking Of Films

Satyajit Ray
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Exactly sixty-five 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. Today, more than a decade after his death, he continues to be India’s most respected name in international film circles. Apart from a brilliant 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. He also writes about his own experiences, the challenges of working with rank amateurs, and the innovations in the face of technological, financial and logistical constraints. Ray provides fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses of the people who worked with him.

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.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: May/2021

ISBN: 9780144000265

Length : 240 Pages

MRP : ₹299.00

Speaking Of Films

Satyajit Ray

Exactly sixty-five 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. Today, more than a decade after his death, he continues to be India’s most respected name in international film circles. Apart from a brilliant 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. He also writes about his own experiences, the challenges of working with rank amateurs, and the innovations in the face of technological, financial and logistical constraints. Ray provides fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses of the people who worked with him.

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.

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Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray (1921-1992), one of the greatest film-makers of our times, received the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1992. In the same year he was honoured with the Bharat Ratna. A polymath and a polyglot, Ray was not only an ace designer and but also a brilliant music composer and illustrator. His writings for children, young adults and adults continue to attract readers across the world.

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