The easy thing to say is that Ray made 2 1/2 hour “70-minute films,” devoting images, ideas, and details (location, characterization, custom) to the sorts of plots even the most concerned filmmakers wouldn’t think warranted the running time. But that only makes his films sound bloated, when in fact they’re lean. . . . Ray’s a “problem filmmaker,” not a “solution filmmaker,” and, like all of his best films, NAYAK uses its excess of scenes to complicate what should be a simple story.
July 30, 2010