Friday, May 09, 2014


Mahanagar (The Big City) is a 1963 Bengali film directed by Satyajit Ray. The film takes place in Calcutta and explores social change, in particular the financial necessity of women working outside the home and the effect this has on families. It is such a beautiful story of good people coping during hard times. I've loved everything I've seen by this director.


DVD Talk describes it as "a low-key stunner" and writes, "The Big City's simple premise is belied by its exquisite storytelling and thoughtful craftsmanship." The Guardian calls it "glorious" and says, "The Big City is sublime, a movie to fall in love with." The Indian Express describes it as an "insightful and intimate portrait of a lower middle-class family in 1950s Calcutta" and calls it a masterpiece. Roger Ebert proclaims it "one of the most rewarding screen experiences of our time." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 89%.

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