Joi Baba Felunath (The Elephant God) 1978 All Ages
1.00PM Sun 3 Dec 2017 (1hr 52mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
The Elephant God will screen from an archival 35mm film print.
A rollicking adventure, The Elephant God is an adaptation of the director's pulp detective novel of the same name. It features Satyajit Ray's detective, Feluda, a figure that drew inspiration from Sherlock Holmes. Ray began writing Feluda and his sidekick cousin Topshe in 1965. The novel series became wildly popular with Ray eventually writing 35 Feluda stories.
In The Elephant God Feluda and friends are holidaying in the holy city of Benares (now Varanasi) when they are drawn into an investigation to recover a stolen statue of Lord Ganesh - the elephant-headed God. The Elephant God is shot in colour and is pure pulp fiction pleasure, featuring a shootout on the Ganges as well as a raft of colourful characters including a cowardly body builder and a knife thrower.
35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 112 MINUTES, INDIA, BENGALI (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/ SCRIPT: SATYAJIT RAY / PRODUCER: RD BANSAL / SCREENPLAY BASED ON HIS NOVEL OF THE SAME TITLE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: SOUMENDU ROY / EDITOR: DULAL DUTTA / CAST: SOUMITRA CHATTERJEE, SANTOSH DUTTA, SIDDARTHA CHATTERJEE, UTPAL DUTT / MUSIC: SATYAJIT RAY / PRODUCTION COMPANY: RDB AND COMPANY / PRINT SOURCE: ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE - RESTORED BY THE SATYAJIT RAY PRESERVATION PROJECT AT THE ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE / RIGHTS: POTENTIAL FILMS / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM