Parash Pathar (The Philosopher’s Stone) 1957 All Ages

1.00PM Sat 18 Nov 2017 (1hr 51mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

Everything in a film is difficult. There's no easy solution to anything at all. It needs thought and careful observation and it needs calculation and understanding.

The Philosopher's Stone will screen from an archival 35mm film print

The Philosopher's Stone was shot during a break in filming The Music Room 1958 and, as a comedy, marked a dramatic shift in tone to Ray's previous films. The film is a humorous look at the perils of valuing wealth as an end in itself. An elderly bank clerk, Paresh Dutta played by the eminently expressive Tulsi Chakraborty, learns he may soon be out of a job. As he dejectedly makes his way home he has the enormous good fortune of finding a stone that can turn metal into gold. A comic, yet biting, social commentary on the vacuousness of the rich and powerful within Indian society, Ray's asinine everyman Paresh is painted with sympathy as he navigates the idiosyncrasies of upper class culture.

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 111 MINUTES, INDIA, BENGALI (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: SATYAJIT RAY / PRODUCER: PROMOD LAHIRI / SCREENPLAY FROM THE SHORTY STORY OF THE SAME TITLE BY PARASURAM / CINEMATOGRAPHER: SUBRATA MITRA / EDITOR: DULAL DUTTA / CAST: TULSI CHAKRAVARTY, RANIBALA DEVI, KALI BANNERJEE, JAHAR ROY / MUSIC: RAVI SHANKAR / PRODUCTION COMPANY: AURORA, L.B. FILMS INTERNATIONAL / PRINT SOURCE: ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE - RESTORED BY THE SATYAJIT RAY PRESERVATION PROJECT AT THE ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE WITH FUNDING FROM THE FILM FOUNDATION / RIGHTS: CHHAYABANI / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM