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Criterion Collection: Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray [Blu-ray]

Soumitra Chatterjee , Dipankar Dey , Satyajit Ray    Unrated   DVD

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THE HOME AND THE WORLD: An aristocratic man tries to broaden his wife’s political horizons, driving her into the arms of his more radical school chum. AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE: A doctor discovers that the illness befalling the citizens of his Bengali town may be due to a contamination of the water at the local temple. THE STRANGER: A couple are told that the wife’s longlost uncle will be coming to stay with them after years of travel, commencing an eyeopening journey for the family.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ibsen Improved April 1 2014
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This review is for one of the three movies contained in this box set of DVDs: Satyajit Ray's 1989 adaptation and update of Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People." In Ray's late-career retelling, an Indian town's famous Hindu holy watering hole replace's Ibsen's health spa. Pollution there is endangering people with a sometimes fatal virus and the town doctor wants to warn the citizenry. At first, he is joined in his crusade by well-meaning journalists and intellectuals, but gradually all fall silent as clergy and constabulary trample all resistance. After all, the town's status as a leading pilgrimage center is at stake. With only the support of his wife and children, the good doctor is isolated and demonized and ultimately faces banishment. Ibsen's play drowns in a lot of pointless sermonizing. Ray's movie stays a compelling human drama from beginning to end. This is a highly relevant, powerful movie in an America where polls of certain regions in the throes of epidemic stupidity show the majority of people believe evolution is an atheist plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Satyajit Ray Fans, a Must July 24 2014
By Bill Raney - Published on Amazon.com
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Ray's filmed interpretation of Ibsen's masterpiece is masterful in its own right and worth the cost of this collection in and of itself. And what a relief to see the brilliant,sharp clear colors, instead of the grainy recopied third generation black and white prints you can find on too many of Ray's other films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A collection of late movies by Satyajit ray June 10 2014
By Saikat Sen - Published on Amazon.com
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A must for any admirer of Satyajit Ray's film. A beautiful collection that I would cherish for a long time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars More like theatre plays than movies. A lot of strained talking. Aug. 1 2014
By Vladimir Antimonov - Published on Amazon.com
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Some of this director's earlier B&W films (Pathar Panchali and Apur Sansar especially) are masterpieces. The characters in those movies feel so natural, alive, nothing is ever said that feels strained. In contrast, in these later films, after you get to know the characters a little bit, their talking starts to feel more and more unnatural. I felt that the natural... sharpness of the characters was often compromised: their reactions were not as swift and spontaneous as you feel it should have naturally happened in the circumstances. The reason seem to be unpolished scripts: when a screenwriter puts his desire on how a certain dialogue should proceed above of what would be the natural reactions of his characters in every moment.

These films are also less of the movies and more of the theatre plays: it's talking-talking-talking, and really too excessive, exhausting and then exasperating talking, with very few brief scenes outside of the house. Also the plasticity itself of the film feels theatrical.

I have watched two thirds of the "The Stranger" and of "The Enemy of the people". I was initially very interested in the plot of "The Stranger" when I read it here on Amazon, but could not force myself to finish either of the movies because the talking was getting more and more unnatural and strained as the movies progressed, so even the interest in the outcome waned completely as I forced myself to continue watching it till I had to finally give up.

No harmony of the earlier movies.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Home and The World (spoilers)... July 14 2014
By Stacy Hackney (formerly customerS) - Published on Amazon.com
seemed more like a play than a movie. The husband is kindly and enlightened but I didn't understand him or his beautiful wife, or his sister in law. They seemed more like ideas than characters.

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