Long Shadows: The Late Work of Satyajit Ray

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The promised (and much-requested) follow-up to our 2009 Satyajit Ray tribute, Long Shadows: The Late Work of Satyajit Ray includes all the films made by Ray in the autumnal years of his career. Already an acknowledged giant of world cinema, Ray in these later works reveals a more meditative side: his brilliant powers of observation lead him to pare down his style, allowing his characters and the world to reveal themselves to us. Of special interest is Home and the World, his final, wonderful adaptation of a work by his mentor, Rabindranath Tagore (whose 150th anniversary we celebrate this year), as well as his final, luminous work, The Stranger, an extraordinary summing up of so much of Ray's worldview graced with a sensational lead performance by Utpal Dutt.

Presented in collaboration with Columbia University. Special thanks to the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project at the Academy Film Archive, the Film Foundation, as well as to the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Past Films

The Branches of a Tree

The Branches of a Tree

Satyajit Ray | 1990 | 130 mins

When a family patriarch falls ill, his grown sons rush in from Calcutta, leading to a reunion filled with painful ironies and lingering disillusionment.

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The Chess Players

The Chess Players

Satyajit Ray | 1977 | 129 mins

Shot in lavish color, Ray’s ironic elegy to 19th-century India tacks between an effete aristocrat threatened by the British, and two Lucknowi landowners absorbed in gameplaying.

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Deliverance (Sadgati)

Deliverance (Sadgati)

Satyajit Ray | 1981 | 52 mins

In Ray’s stark, unflinching short, a weakened Untouchable laborer dies on the job, forcing the landowner to deal with the consequences. SCREENING WITH: PIKOO's DIARY (1980, India; 26m) A boy’s day at home is filled with shattering and confusing revelations; and THE INNER EYE (1972, India; 19m) Ray’s exquisite portrait of painter Binode Bihari Mukherjee.

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Distant Thunder

Distant Thunder

Satyajit Ray | 1973 | 101 mins

Ray revisits the village setting of the Apu Trilogy for a jarring drama about villagers during the Bengali Famine of 1943. New York Film Festival ’73.

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The Elephant God

The Elephant God

Satyajit Ray | 1979 | 112 mins

Ray’s beloved Feluda teams up with his faithful sidekick and a mystery novelist to track down a stolen Ganesh figurine. Featuring knife-throwing and Benares in vivid color.

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An Enemy of the People

Satyajit Ray | 1990 | 99 mins

In Ray’s reworking of the Ibsen play, Soumitra Chatterjee plays a beleaguered doctor who insists that a temple’s holy water is causing epidemics.

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The Golden Fortress

The Golden Fortress

Satyajit Ray | 1974 | 120 mins

Two thieves kidnap a boy whose flashbacks to a past life may point the way to treasure. Master detective Feluda is on the case!

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The Home and the World

The Home and the World

Satyajit Ray | 1984 | 140 mins

In Ray’s take on the 1905 Bengali partition protests, a bourgeois woman (Swatilekha Chatterjee) falls for a strident nationalist (Soumitra Chatterjee). Adapted from Rabindranath Tagore.

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The Kingdom of Diamonds

The Kingdom of Diamonds

Satyajit Ray | 1980 | 118 mins

Ray pulls out all the stops for the fantastical sci-fi return of delightful duo Goupy and Bagha, who must contend with a dictator’s brainwashing machine.

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Sikkim

Sikkim

Satyajit Ray | 1971 | 60 mins

Commissioned by the ruler of a Himalayan state, Ray made this controversial poetic sketch, which was swiftly subjected to censorship. SCREENING WITH BALA (1976, India; 33m) Ray’s rarely screened record of the famed Bharata Natyam dancer.

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The Stranger

The Stranger

Satyajit Ray | 1991 | 97 mins

In this disarming, thoughtful coda to Ray’s career, a forgotten uncle (Utpal Dutt) visits his family after decades of wandering, leading to debates over civility and civilization.

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