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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.