The Kingdom of Diamonds


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The Kingdom of Diamonds
Hirak Rajar Dese | Satyajit Ray, 1980
India | 118 minutes

Ray pulls out all the stops for the fantastical return of hapless duo Goupy and Bagha, who must contend with a dictator’s brainwashing machine. As the king (played by Marxist actor-playwright Utpal Dutta) tries to pacify the populace by implanting rhyming verses in their minds, Goupy and Bagha (Soumitra Chatterjee and Robi Ghosh) band together with a rebellious schoolteacher to break the spell. Filigreed with song and rhymed banter, it’s one of Ray’s most elaborate productions, as well as a cheeky political allegory. Print courtesy of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection at the Academy Film Archive.

Series: Long Shadows: The Late Work of Satyajit Ray

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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