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    Not British I know, but evidently it was in London in 1950 he decided to become a director after seeing "the Bicycle Thieves". The Film Society at Lincoln Center are having a two week retrospective. I have to confess to having never seen one of his films. Does anyone have any recommendations ? To quote Kurosawa " To have not seen the films of Ray is to have lived in the world without ever seeing the moon and the sun". So I think I should go see at least one. Fire away...

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    name='billy bentley']Not British I know, but evidently it was in London in 1950 he decided to become a director after seeing "the Bicycle Thieves". The Film Society at Lincoln Center are having a two week retrospective. I have to confess to having never seen one of his films. Does anyone have any recommendations ? To quote Kurosawa " To have not seen the films of Ray is to have lived in the world without ever seeing the moon and the sun". So I think I should go see at least one. Fire away...


    Hello Billy



    Satyajit Ray is one of my favourite Director eeeeeeeeeever !!



    I've seen:



    =The Chess Players (a good link if you're interested in British presence in India, a very humourus story too, with also in the Indian actor who played in The Man Who Would Be King, I don't remember his name and R.Attenborough....)

    =The Goddess

    =La Maison et le Monde ( lit: The House and the World ?)

    =Le Salon de Musique

    =Days and nights in the forest



    .............All are masterpieces !!





    Moon.

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    The only one I've seen is "The World of Apu".............highly recommended.......

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    The name of the Indian actor who played in both Huston and Ray is Saeed Jaffrey, of course



    Moon.

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    I'd be curious to learn more too.





    Also, reading up on the (admittedly not always entirely accurate) Wiki - I found a quote from Francois Truffaut on Panther Pachali



    'However, the reaction was not uniformly positive. After watching the movie, Fran�ois Truffaut is reported to have said, "I don’t want to see a movie of peasants eating with their hands." I wonder what he meant by that?

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    name='MB']I'd be curious to learn more too.





    Also, reading up on the (admittedly not always entirely accurate) Wiki - I found a quote from Francois Truffaut on Panther Pachali



    'However, the reaction was not uniformly positive. After watching the movie, Fran�ois Truffaut is reported to have said, "I don’t want to see a movie of peasants eating with their hands." I wonder what he meant by that?


    Hello MB



    Fran�ois Truffaut was a strange personality, first very sarcastic (and "sectaire" IMO) when beeing a critical in Les Cahiers du Cin�ma, but the films he has done later, in majority, are from a romantic mind. The phrase you mentioned was from the "sarcastic" period, I think......



    Moon.



    PS/ I must add that he was a very sensitive person, respect.

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    Thankyou Moon - I must admit, I love Francois Truffaut, over here I think he is probably the first non english speaking film maker that people develop an interest in and quite rightly, I think. But I just couldn't place what he meant by that. Probably not a good idea to take it out of context. Must spend more time on Brittanica rather than Wiki.



    I shall look out for Satyajit Ray.

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    name='MB']Thankyou Moon - I must admit, I love Francois Truffaut, over here I think he is probably the first non english speaking film maker that people develop an interest in and quite rightly, I think. But I just couldn't place what he meant by that. Probably not a good idea to take it out of context. Must spend more time on Brittanica rather than Wiki.



    I shall look out for Satyajit Ray.


    You're welcome.

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    Mahanagar is very good ... I would personally recommend that one.



    LINK: Mahanagar (1963)

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    Thanks for the tips thus far and keep them coming. If anyone's interested the Film Society of Lincn Center can be reached at filmlinc.com (Sorry I don't know how to post/pate e-addresses). Ther's bound to be info on Ray and the films that are showing.

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    It's good to know Lincoln Center is keeping up its high standards.



    Days and Nights in the Forest is a gem.

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    For any cinema fans I recommend the Apu Trilogy. Simply marvelous! You can get the Artificial Eye set from Amazon UK. Follow that up by the Volume 1 and Volume 2 – also by Artificial eye. Ray is one of my favorite directors.

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    Quite a fine retrospective! You'll be seeing films that really bear the signature of the director. One of a kind.



    I second the motion--The Apu Trilogy is a lovely introduction to Ray's work.



    I would not miss Days and Nights in the Forest.

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