Books about Satyajit Ray and his work

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The Pather Panchali Sketchbook

by Satyajit Ray

About the book:  Pather Panchali placed Indian cinema on the world map in 1955: this is a simple statement of fact, no hyperbole. In the sixty years since, the movie has acquired cult status, and its sketchbook mythical proportions. Believed to have been forever lost after the film-maker donated it to the Cinematheque Francaise archives, the sketchbook is now available as a book, along with other fascinating and previously unseen material on the film: parts of the draft scenario, reviews, recollections, posters and illustrations. For film and Ray enthusiasts, this is a treasure trove, and for a whole new generation of filmgoers, including those who might not even have seen the film yet, it will reveal a process unfolding, a mind at work. As for connoisseurs of the graphic form, Ray's sketches are legend, and the novelistic qualities of this particular sketchbook have been the matter of intense discussion. As much a chronicle of the work of a genius as it is a handbook for aspiring film-makers, this collector's edition of The Pather Panchali Sketchbook is a must-have for every film lover's library.

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Satyajit Ray's Ravi Shankar

by Satyajit Ray

About the book:  The incredible story of a film that was never made In the 1950s, when Satyajit Ray asked Pandit Ravi Shankar to compose the music for the Apu Trilogy, he conceptualized a film on the legendary sitarist. He also worked out a detailed storyboard for the film. However, for reasons unknown till now, the film was never made and the project was forgotten. Now, for the first time, Ray's storyboard is available. Together with interviews by both Ray and Ravi Shankar on various aspects of their collaboration and a scholarly introduction, this is truly a collector's edition.

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The art of Satyajit Ray

by Satyajit Ray

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Speaking of Films

by SATYAJIT RAY

About the book:  India S Greatest Film-Maker On The Art And Craft Of Films Exactly Fifty Years Ago, In 1955, The Release Of Pather Panchali Heralded The Arrival Of A Master In The World Of Cinema. Over The Next Forty Years, Satyajit Ray Came To Be Regarded As One Of The World S Finest Film-Makers Ever. Today, More Than A Decade After His Death, He Continues To Be India S Most Respected Name In International Film Circles. Apart From His Achievements As A Director, Ray Was Also A Prolific Writer Of Novels, Short Stories, And Essays On Cinema. Speaking Of Films Brings Together Some Of Ray S Most Memorable Writings On Film And Film-Making. With The Masterly Precision And Clarity That Characterize His Films, Ray Discusses A Wide Array Of Subjects: The Structure And Language Of Cinema With Special Reference To His Adaptations Of Tagore And Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay, The Appropriate Use Of Background Music And Dialogue In Films, The Relationship Between A Film-Maker And A Film Critic, And Important Developments In Cinema Like The Advent Of Sound And Colour. He Also Writes About His Own Experiences, The Challenges Of Working With Rank Amateurs, And The Innovations Called For When Making A Film In The Face Of Technological, Financial And Logistical Constraints. In The Process, Ray Provides Fascinating Behind-The-Scenes Glimpses Of The People Who Worked With Him The Intricacies Of Getting Chhabi Biswas, Who Had No Ear For Music, To Play A Patron Of Classical Music In Jalsaghar; The Incredible Memory Of The Seventy-Five-Year-Old Chunibala Devi, Indir Thakrun Of Pather Panchali, And Her Remarkable Attention To Details. This First-Ever Translation Of Bishay Chalachitra, A Seminal Collection Of Essays On Cinema, Speaking Of Films Retains The Lucidity And Simplicity That Is A Hallmark Of Ray S Writing, And Gives An Invaluable Insight Into The Mind Of A Genius.

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The world of Satyajit Ray

by Satyajit Ray

About the book:  On the life and achievement of Satyajit Ray, 1922-1992, Indian film director, producer, and Bengali author; includes lists of his books and films produced and directed.

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Satyajit Ray

by Satyajit Ray

About the book:  India's pre-eminent film director, Satyajit Ray (1912-1992) came to public attention in 1955 with 'Pather Panchali'. This text reveals a genial, generous, unpretentious, immensely knowledgeable man who, for all his fame, remained to the end unaffected by the glamour of the movie-world.

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The Cinema of Satyajit Ray

by Darius Cooper

About the book:  Cooper's study of Satyajit Ray examines his work from a social and historical perspective.

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Satyajit Ray

by Andrew Robinson

About the book:  Specially Commissioned Articles By Experts And Some Of Ray`S Closest Associates, Relations And Friends Provide Insights Into The Entire Range Of The Creativity Of Satyajit Ray, One Of The World`S Greatest Filmmakers--As Artist And Designer Writer And Filmmaker--And The Environment That Nurtured Him. Dust-Jacket Slightly Frayed Around The Corners But In Excellent Condition Otherwise. Long Out Of Print.

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Cinema, Emergence, and the Films of Satyajit Ray

by Keya Ganguly

About the book:  "This is a deeply researched, theoretically sophisticated and organic study. Keya Ganguly's intellectual tour de force in this analysis of the great Indian film maker Satyajit Ray will provide a benchmark for future studies of the subject."--Partha Mitter, author of "The Triumph of Modernism: Indian Artists and the Avant-Garde 1922-1947" "What distinguishes Ganguly's book from the more fashionable approaches to non-Western cinema is her willingness to assert the importance of European theory--specifically, writings on film by Eisenstein, Benjamin, Kracauer, Balazs, among others--as a way to elaborate Satyajit Ray's contributions in the larger postwar context of an international New Wave cinema movement. She does this with extraordinary intelligence and finesse, and the result is an illuminating statement on how a cinema that seems nostalgic for a disappearing cultural past can in fact be read, for the first time perhaps, for its intimations of an as-yet unrealized futurity."--Rey Chow, author of "Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films"

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The Moving Image

by Kishore Valicha

About the book:  One of the first serious film studies in India. A contemporary analysis of the central issues contained in Indian films issues which distinguish this cinema from films of other countries. The book argues that film in India is a genuine cultural expression carrying meaning. The special and valuable insights on Indian cinema that this book offers are enhanced by Dr Valicha s own fascination with films.

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Manik and I

by Bijoya Ray

About the book:  It is unusual to come across a life so rich in varied experiences as the one that Bijoya Ray, wife and constant companion to the renowned film-maker Satyajit Ray, has lived. Despite being closely related, Satyajit—‘Manik’ to his friends and family—and Bijoya fell in love and embarked on a life together years before Ray’s groundbreaking film Pather Panchali was made, and their long, happy married life lasted right until Ray’s death in 1992. Bijoya Ray never felt the urge to write her memoirs, but was finally persuaded to pick up the pen when she was well into her eighties. Manik and I brims over with hitherto unknown stories of her life with Satyajit Ray, told in candid, vivid detail.

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Satyajit Ray

by Andrew Robinson

About the book:  Profiles the life of the Indian director, and discusses the making of each of his films

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Satyajit Ray at 70 as writer, designer, actor, director, cameraman, editor, composer

by Nemai Ghosh

About the book:  Satyajit Ray At 70 Is A Veritable Treasurehouse Of Photographs By Nemai Ghosh Who Captures The Various Moods Of Ray As A Writer, Designer, Actor, Director, Cameraman, Editor, And Composer. The Book Also Carries A Distinguished List Of Contributors Who Express Their Views On The Great Artist That Ray Was.

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Bijoya Ray Remembers Satyajit Ray at Work

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Portrait of a Director

by Marie Seton

About the book:  The Definitive Study Of The Life And Work Of India S Greatest Filmmaker Satyajit Ray Was India S First Filmmaker To Gain International Recognition As A Master Of The Medium, And Today He Continues To Be Regarded As One Of The World S Finest Directors Of All Time. His First Film Pather Panchali, Made When He Was In His Thirties, Catapulted Him Into The Forefront Of Young Directors Worldwide When In 1956 The Cannes Film Festival Honoured It As The Best Human Document Of The Year. Several Other Films By Ray, Like Aparajito, Jalsaghar, Charulata, Nayak, Aranyer Din Ratri, Shatranj Ke Khilari, Ghare Baire And Agantuk, Made Over A Career Spanning Five Decades, Are Considered Classics Of Contemporary Cinema. In 1992, Ray Was Awarded The Oscar For Lifetime Achievement By The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Science And, In The Same Year, Was Also Honoured With The Bharat Ratna. First Compared With Robert Flaherty For His Lyrical Use Of Nature And Locations, Ray Is Now Regarded As One Of The Great Neo-Realist Directors. From The Beginning He Rejected The Established Path Of Indian Film Production, Declaring At The Age Of Six: I Ll Go To Germany And Come Back And Make Films. He Absorbed A Remarkably Broad Culture From His Family Which Had Interesting Literary, Artistic And Musical Inclinations. With His Extraordinary Persistence And Capacity For Work, He Simultaneously Equipped Himself With Such Thoroughness That He Was Able To Create A Masterpiece In His Very First Film. Marie Seton S Classic Study Of Ray, The Product Of Thorough Research And A Long And Close Association With The Ray Family, Is The Most Detailed Examination Available Of Ray S Work As Musician, Scenarist And Director. First Published In 1971, It Was Last Updated In 1978, Some Fourteen Years Before Ray Passed Away. This New And Revised Edition Includes Unpublished Pieces From The Author S Further Writings On Ray, And An Afterword That Takes The Story Forward To Ray S Last Film. It Will, Hopefully, Re-Introduce The Genius Of Ray To A Whole New Generation Of Readers And Film Aficionados.

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Satyajit Ray, a portrait in black & white

by Satyajit Ray

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