Mahanagar (The Big City) 1963 All Ages

6.00PM Fri 24 Nov 2017 (2hrs 11mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

The Big City will screen from an archival 35mm film print.

Kolkata 1955: an extended family of six is crammed into a three-room house and financially depends on bank clerk Subrata who is married to a charming and intelligent woman, Arati - the calm centre of family life. One night Subrata offhandedly mentions an acquaintance of his whose wife has a job and Arati becomes passionate about paid work outside the home. She is soon employed as a knitting machine salesperson and her burgeoning confidence and financial successes are matched by the growing discomfort of her husband and outright dismay of her father-in-law. Filled with the minutiae of urban Indian life, yet an internationally recognisable story, The Big City focuses on a Bengali family dealing with social change and the developing role of women within middle-class households.

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 131 MINUTES, INDIA, BENGALI (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: SATYAJIT RAY / PRODUCER: RD BANSAL / SCREENPLAY FROM THE SHORT STORYABATARANIKA BY NARENDRANATH MITRA / CINEMATOGRAPHER: SUBRATA MITRA / EDITOR: DULAL DUTTA / CAST: ANIL CHATTERJEE, MADHABI MUKHERJEE, JAYA BHADURI, HAREN CHATTERJEE / MUSIC: SATYAJIT RAY / PRODUCTION COMPANY: RD BANSHAL & CO / PRINT SOURCE: ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE - RESTORED BY THE SATYAJIT RAY PRESERVATION PROJECT THROUGH A COLLABORATION OF THE ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE, THE MERCHANT-IVORY FOUNDATION AND THE FILM FOUNDATION / RIGHTS: POTENTIAL FILMS / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM