Distant Thunder

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Distant Thunder
Satyajit Ray, 1973
India | 101 minutes

Revisiting the village setting of the Apu Trilogy, Distant Thunder (New York Film Festival 1973) finds the bonds of a community pushed to their limits under the extraordinary stress of the manmade Bengali Famine of 1943. The pressures of a rice shortage unfold against an incongruously lovely natural backdrop, as the villagers’ efforts to survive wreak havoc with propriety and put a strain on traditional social boundaries. Ray brings his ongoing rural portraiture full circle by casting Soumitra Chatterjee—Apu himself—as an educated Brahmin whose wife struggles to make do.

Series: Long Shadows: The Late Work of Satyajit Ray

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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