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Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Cloud-Capped Star (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Directed by the visionary Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak, The Cloud-Capped Star tells the story of a family that has been uprooted by the Partition of India and come to depend on its eldest daughter, the self-sacrificing Neeta (Supriya Choudhury). She watches helplessly as her own hopes and desires are pushed aside time and again by those of her siblings and parents, until all her chances for happiness evaporate, leaving her crushed and sickly. Experimenting with off-balance compositions, discontinuous editing, and a densely layered soundtrack, Ghatak devised an intellectually ambitious and emotionally devastating new shape for the melodrama, lamenting the tragedies of Indian history and the inequities of traditional gender roles while blazing a formal trail for the generations of Indian filmmakers who have followed him.


    The Cloud-Capped Star was restored in partnership with The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and the Cineteca di Bologna, from elements preserved by the National Film Archive of India.

    FILM INFO
    • Ritwik Ghatak
    • India
    • 1960
    • 127 minutes
    • Black & White
    • 1.37:1
    • Bengali
    • Spine #993

      SPECIAL FEATURES
      • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
      • New conversation between filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani
      • Stills gallery of Ghatak family photographs curated by writer and photographer Nabarupa Bhattacharjee
      • New English subtitle translation
      • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ira Bhaskar
      New cover by F. Ron Miller

      September 10, 2019
     
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    Ronald Epstein

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    The price link below will take you directly to the product on Amazon. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

     
  3. Martin_Teller

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    One of my top 250 films! A shame this isn't getting more attention, it's brilliant. Hopefully some people will check it out.
     
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    India has one of the world’s richest and most prolific film industries. When mentioning classic Indian filmmakers, many would be hard-pressed to recall anyone other than Satyajit Ray - Criterion have previously released exemplary copies of some of his masterworks. It's over 40 years since the director Ritwik Ghatak died and his output seems to have faded into obscurity. The only reference book I have that mentions this film is 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and the only previous home video release I've seen is a nearly 20 year old DVD from BFI. I'm really looking forward to this.
     
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    Criterion previously released Ghatak's A River Called Titas in one of their World Cinema Project boxes. But yes, he has dipped into relative obscurity. Satyajit Ray is my favorite director (alongside Bergman) but Ghatak's work deserves attention, particularly this film and The Golden Thread. He was much more of a maverick than Ray, experimenting a lot with editing and sound.

    It's also high time Criterion (or someone) gave Mrinal Sen his due.
     
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    Absolutely!
     
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