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Jalsaghar (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on July 30, 2011

I’ve putting off watching my recent purchases so that I can get through all the stuff I’ve never seen before first, but this one wasn’t going to wait.  After what seems like an eternity, Criterion has finally released their first Satyajit Ray film, and on Blu-Ray with generous extras, no less.  Let’s hope this is just the beginning.  I’ve seen everything Ray ever directed, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen one of his films in a pristine (or close to it… there’s still some visible damage, but it’s far far better than what I’ve dealt with before) presentation, and it is glorious.  Elegant cinematograpy, a perfect location and an elaborate set, and three amazing musical performances, each more electrifying than the last.  I could watch that final dance over and over again.  And of course, there’s Chhabi Biswas dominating in the lead (although the other actors are excellent as well), portraying a man caught between his pride and the changing times, and suffering the consequences.  The film isn’t perfect — for one thing, I’d like to see more time devoted to Khoka to help establish the emotional connection, not to mention Roy’s wife — but it is quite magnificent and captivating.  Rating: Great

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2 Responses to “Jalsaghar (rewatch)”

  1. JC said

    I’ve finally watched my first Ray film! If it wasn’t for your continuous praise on SA, I probably wouldn’t have sought him out the way I have. What a great film and excellent character study on old vs new.
    My review on Letterboxd if you’re interested: http://boxd.it/22VWX

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