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SATYAJIT RAY’S POWERFUL TRAGIC DRAMA— A CORNERSTONE OF THE MONUMENTAL
DIRECTOR’S CAREER

With The Music Room (Jalsaghar), SATYAJIT RAY (Pather Panchali) brilliantly evokes the
crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat (the beloved actor CHHABI BISWAS)
desperately clinging to his way of life. His greatest joy is the music room in which he has
hosted lavish concerts over the years— now a shadow of its former vivid self. An
incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for
some of India’s most popular musicians of the day, The Music Room is a defining work by
the great Bengali filmmaker.

Special Features:

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Satyajit Ray (1984), a feature documentary by Shyam Benegal that chronicles Ray’s career and includes interviews with the filmmaker, family photographs, and extensive clips from his films
  • New interview with filmmaker Mira Nair
  • New interview in which Ray biographer Andrew Robinson discusses the making of The Music Room and the film’s cultural significance
  • Excerpt from a 1981 French roundtable discussion with Ray, film critic Michel Ciment, and filmmaker Claude Sautet
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp as well as reprints of a 1963 essay by Ray and a 1986 interview with the director about the film’s music

 

Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar, Gangapada Basu, Bismillah Khan, Salamat Ali Khan, Waheed Khan
Director:
Satyajit Ray
Region:
2
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
Bengali
Subtitle Languages:

English

Run Time:
100 mins approx.
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1958

The Music Room - The Criterion Collection

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SATYAJIT RAY’S POWERFUL TRAGIC DRAMA— A CORNERSTONE OF THE MONUMENTAL
DIRECTOR’S CAREER

With The Music Room (Jalsaghar), SATYAJIT RAY (Pather Panchali) brilliantly evokes the
crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat (the beloved actor CHHABI BISWAS)
desperately clinging to his way of life. His greatest joy is the music room in which he has
hosted lavish concerts over the years— now a shadow of its former vivid self. An
incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for
some of India’s most popular musicians of the day, The Music Room is a defining work by
the great Bengali filmmaker.

Special Features:

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Satyajit Ray (1984), a feature documentary by Shyam Benegal that chronicles Ray’s career and includes interviews with the filmmaker, family photographs, and extensive clips from his films
  • New interview with filmmaker Mira Nair
  • New interview in which Ray biographer Andrew Robinson discusses the making of The Music Room and the film’s cultural significance
  • Excerpt from a 1981 French roundtable discussion with Ray, film critic Michel Ciment, and filmmaker Claude Sautet
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp as well as reprints of a 1963 essay by Ray and a 1986 interview with the director about the film’s music

 

Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar, Gangapada Basu, Bismillah Khan, Salamat Ali Khan, Waheed Khan
Director:
Satyajit Ray
Region:
2
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
Bengali
Subtitle Languages:

English

Run Time:
100 mins approx.
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1958
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