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130 Ratings

A River Called Titash

Titash Ekti Nadir Naam

Directed by Ritwik Ghatak
India, Bangladesh, 1973


Based on the acclaimed novel by Advaita Malla Barman, and shot in Ghatak’s childhood home of East Bengal shortly after the independence of Bangladesh, the film captures the songs, speech, rituals, and rhythms of a once self-sufficient community and culture swept away.

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A River Called Titash Directed by Ritwik Ghatak
Ghatak’s angular, diagonally oriented compositions are cluttered, but they emphasize the space the space between objects, the growing emptiness as the riverbank grows ever larger as the water itself evaporates.
December 09, 2013
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The most ambitious film in [Criterion’s World Cinema Project box set] is Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak’s A River Called Titas… Dynamic and rich, Ghatak’s visual style is simply gorgeous and the storytelling here is dense and layered. I found some of the choices in pacing to be noticeably awkward, but that doesn’t hinder the sheer beauty on display here too much.
December 29, 2013
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Ritwik Ghatak’s direction of A River Called Titas, is less tightly coiled [than A River Called Titas], more meditative, an appropriate approach for a film preoccupied with the existential concerns of a gallery of characters living along the shores of the film’s namesake river.
December 18, 2013
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