perhaps the occasion was not the greatest, but this is indeed a superb film, beautifuly enlarges Ray timeless aspirations. sharp, amazing black and white; visionary shots will lead you trough ambiguous minds displaying all humanity strives for: peace, prosperity of their own species, love for the art, and so on...
Phenomenal movie. Always brings a longing for Indian landscape, Indian heat, and misty air. Elating music. Morning light rigor pales the chandelier's glittering reflection on the surface of the little wine remaining in his glass. In the finale, Ray is offering a cinematic view on passing to the other side and the rebirth, or so this is my reading. Greatest art masterpiece.
A moral fable where the hero fails to learn anything, this captured to me the dying of aristocratic values far better than 'The Leopard'. Perhaps it was the magnificent beauty of the photography and staging of this film, which is technically excellent. Thankyou to Criterion for this collection, especially the interviews with Mira Nair and Andrew Robinson which both elevated the film for me.
A parable about family and pride, and the importance of balancing the two. There are many powerful scenes as well as hypnotic and transcendent ones. His ability to conjure strong and powerful emotion seems to be Ray’s best tool, and he utilizes it well here, making you feel the emotional blows. Very good overall, but not as affecting as The Big City.