The Big City (PG)

Original name: “Mahanagar”

India  –  Year: 1963  –  Running time: 122 mins

CFC member feedback: Rating: ★★★★½ (4.36 / 5 from 36 responses)

  • ‘Excellent’: 21 votes
  • ‘Very Good’: 8 votes
  • ‘Good’: 6 votes
  • ‘Satisfactory’: 1 vote
  • ‘Poor’: 0 votes

A new print of a long-lost Satyajit Ray classic set in Calcutta in the early 1960s. Bhambal supports his wife Arati, his parents, and two children. Money is tight, so Arati goes to work. She’s successful and enjoys it, but this untraditional step throws the household into chaos: her in-laws initiate a “cold war” of silence and approbation. When Bhambal loses his job, her working is essential; he loses self respect, and the gulf between them widens.

Director: Satyaji Ray
The Stranger (1991) / Pather Panchali (1955)

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