Before the terms “international art house circuit”, “Third World film”, slow cinema, and rural realism, there was filmmaker Satyajit Ray (1921-1992). Considered to be one of the most influential of his time, he has been known for his neorealist and rural-set films, widely experimenting with many genres including documentaries, children’s fables and detective stories. And this Friday, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is presenting their first retrospective of the filmmaker in over a decade, in a series titled The Brilliance of Satyajit Ray.
The film series begins with the filmmaker’s Apu Trilogy; Panther Panchali (1955), Apariajito (1956), and The World of Apu (1958), all screening during the weekend of January 17. Then on January 25th comes the film The Music Room (1958), the last film showed in the month of January directed by Ray himself. The month will also feature films from other filmmaker, which will coincide with this retrospective including Vittorio De Sica’s The Bicycle Thief (1948), Goutam Ghose’s Ray: Life and Work of Satyajit Ray (1999), and Jean Renoir’s The River (1950). Then the film series continues throughout the month of February with five more films; Devi (1960) on February 2nd, Three Daughters (1963) on February 9th, The Big City (1963) February 15th, The Expedition (1962) on February 23rd, and Rabindranath Tagore (1961) on February 27th.
Though this retrospective last until the end of February, the Ray series will continue through August. For the complete screening schedule, continue to check back at bampfa.berkeley.edu.