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three daughters, satyajit ray, bfi
'Three Daughters', 1961, Satyajit Ray
Source: British Film Institute

At the end of every film, you get a long list of names scrolling down the screen. This a list of all the people who made the film possible; the ones who spent countless hours filming, acting, writing, editing, etc. The amount of time it takes of the credits to come to an end, just indicates what an an enormous undertaking making a film is. Hundreds of people are involved. At least most of the time.

The Indian filmmaker, Satyajit Ray (1921-1992), was an incredible man. He made movies all by himself. When you watch the credits, you will only ever see one name:

Writer: Satyajit Ray
Director: Satyajit Ray
Cameraman: Satyajit Ray
Lighting: Satyajit Ray
Costume Designer: Satyajit Ray
Editor: Satyajit Ray

You get the idea. The man was a powerhouse of physical, mental, and creative energy. Ray didn't just stick to one theme; he flowed through waters like a fish on white water rapids. His works include epic tragedies such as the Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali,Aparajito, The World of Apu), black comedies like The Middlieman, the ghost story, Monihara, and even a children's fantasy called The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha.

A collection of his films are being screened as part a two-part series at the BFI South Bank until the 5th October, with tickets costing between 8.50-12.10. Having been brought up with both a Bengali and English education, Ray's films have flavours of both Indian and Western culture; they are topical, political, and very human.
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Why? Fun for film lovers
When: Until 5th Oct
Phone: 020 7928 3232
Where: BFI Southbank
Cost: 8.50-12.10
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Not true in entirety: most of Ray's early and most memorable films were cinematographed by the venerable Subrato Mitra (credited with the innovation of bounced light, even before Sven Nykvist tried it), till they parted ways. Ray called Mitra back again when he decided to film "Kanchanjangha" in color.
All his films were edited by Dulal Dutta.
by ranoj (score: 0|2) 2910 days ago
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