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Criterion Press Release: The Big City (DVD)

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#1 of 1 Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 15 2013 - 01:58 PM

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THE BIG CITY – Blu-ray & DVD Editions

The Big City (Mahanagar), set in mid-1950s Calcutta and directed by the great Satyajit Ray (The Music Room), follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family. With remarkable sensitivity and attention to the details of everyday working-class life, Ray gradually builds a powerful human drama that is at once a hopeful morality tale and a commentary on the identity of the contemporary Indian woman.

 

1963 • 135 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Bengali with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

 

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 

• New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

• New interview with actor Madhabi Mukherjee

• Satyajit Ray and the Modern Woman, a new interview program featuring Ray historian Suranjan Ganguly

• The Coward (1965), a feature film directed by Ray that also addresses modern female identity and stars Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee

• New English subtitle translation

• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Chandak Sengoopta and an interview with Ray from the 1980s by his biographer Andrew Robinson


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