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720 Ratings

The Music Room


Directed by Satyajit Ray
India, 1958


With The Music Room (Jalsaghar), Satyajit Ray brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat (the beloved actor Chhabi Biswas) desperately clinging to a fading way of life.

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The Music Room Directed by Satyajit Ray

Critics reviews

It is both a tribute to India’s classical traditions of dance and music, and the drama of a lonely, self-deluded man who is nostalgic for the past. Ray’s sympathetic character portrayal and exquisite framing make it one of Ray’s finest films, but it unravels at a pace that’s slow even by Ray’s standards. Come back to this one when you’ve got a good grasp on some of Ray’s other major works.
May 03, 2017
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The Music Room is a bleak portrait into a sad life. The stark black-and-white cinematography by Subrata Mitra, Ray’s regular collaborator, is perfect for the somber mood of the piece. The camera works its charm from the first frame itself, as we see the lumbering frame of Roy slumped in a chair on a desolate balcony, staring out into emptiness.
December 23, 2014
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