By Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray, one of many maximum auteurs of 20th century cinema, used to be a Bengali motion-picture director, author, and illustrator who set a brand new typical for Indian cinema along with his Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali (Song of the Little highway) (1955), Aparajito (The Unvanquished) (1956), and Apur Sansar (The global of Apu) (1959). His paintings was once well-known for its humanism, versatility, cognizance to element, and expert use of song. He used to be additionally commonly praised for his serious and highbrow writings, which reflect his filmmaking of their precision and wide-ranging seize of historical past, tradition, and aesthetics.
Spanning 40 years of Ray's occupation, those essays, for the 1st time accrued in a single quantity, current the filmmaker's reflections at the paintings and craft of the cinematic medium and contain his recommendations on sentimentalism, mass tradition, silent movies, the effect of the French New Wave, and the adventure of being a winning director. Ray speaks at the trouble of adapting literary works to display, the character of the trendy movie pageant, and the exceptional contributions of Jean-Luc Godard and the Indian actor, director, manufacturer, and singer Uttam Kumar. the gathering additionally positive factors an excerpt from Ray's diaries and reproduces his sketches of recognized movie personalities, reminiscent of Sergei Eisenstein, Charlie Chaplin, and Akira Kurosawa, as well as movie posters, pictures by means of and of the artist, movie stills, and a filmography. Altogether, the quantity relays the whole quantity of Ray's engagement with movie and provides broad entry to the idea of 1 of the twentieth-century's major Indian intellectuals.