Criterion Press Release: Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray-Three-DVD Box Set

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    ECLIPSE SERIES 40: LATE RAY-THREE-DVD BOX SET
    The films directed by the great Satyajit Ray (Charulata) in the last ten years of his life have a unique dignity and drama. Three of them are collected here: the fervent Rabindranath Tagore adaptation The Home and the World; the vital Henrik Ibsen–inspired An Enemy of the People; and the filmmaker’s final film, the poignant and philosophical family story The Stranger. Each is a complex, political, and humane portrait of a world both corrupt and indescribably beautiful, constructed with Ray’s characteristic elegance and imbued with autumnal profundity. These late-career features are the meditative works of a master.
     
    THE HOME AND THE WORLD
    Both a romantic triangle tale and a philosophical take on violence in times of revolution, The Home and the World, set in early twentieth-century Bengal, concerns an aristocratic but progressive man who, in insisting on broadening his more traditional wife’s political horizons, drives her into the arms of his more radical school chum. Satyajit Ray had wanted to adapt Rabindranath Tagore’s classic novel to the screen for decades. When he finally did, in 1984, he fashioned a personal, exquisite film that stands as a testament to his lifelong love for the great writer.
     
    1984 · 138 minutes · Color · Monaural · In Bengali with English subtitles · 1.33:1 aspect ratio
     
    AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
    In Satyajit Ray’s absorbing contemporary adaptation of a play by Henrik Ibsen, a good-hearted doctor discovers that the serious illness befalling the citizens of his small Bengali town may be due to a contamination of the water at the local temple. His findings are met not with public gratitude but with rancor, along with opposition from local authorities, who are afraid the news will keep visitors away. Stately in style but with a fiery debate at its heart, An Enemy of the People gets at the tension between religion and science in everyday Indian life.
     
    1989 · 99 minutes · Color · Monaural · In Bengali with English subtitles · 1.33:1 aspect ratio
     
    THE STRANGER
    Satyajit Ray’s valedictory film is a multifaceted character study that contains both light humor and melancholy rumination. Written by the filmmaker, The Stranger involves a bourgeois couple who are bemused by the news that a man claiming to be the wife’s long-lost uncle will be coming to stay with them after years of travel. Though they fear he’s an impostor, they tentatively let the man into their home, commencing an eye-opening emotional journey for the family. A humanist exploration of class, faith, and tradition versus progress, The Stranger is a bittersweet goodbye from one of the world’s most important filmmakers.
     
    1991 · 120 minutes · Color · Monaural · In Bengali with English subtitles · 1.37:1 aspect ratio
     
    TITLE: ECLIPSE SERIES 40: LATE RAY (THREE-DVD BOX SET)
    CAT. NO: ECL182DVD
    UPC: 7-15515-11281-9
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-807-1
    SRP: $44.95
    PREBOOK: 12/10/13
    STREET: 1/7/14
     
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    As a huge Ray fan, I will be buying this day one. But I have to say THE HOME AND THE WORLD is the only one I'm excited about. The other two are among his weakest films.
     
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    Odd they didn't include the one other film he made in this period. Perhaps it fell outside their license.
     
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