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The problem with celebrity biographies often is there is so much to write about and yet there is so little that hasn't already been said. It is, therefore, easy to sympathise with somebody writing a biography of Satyajit Ray. Andrew Robinson has, however, managed to combine research with knowledge and analysis to produce what could become an enduring work of reference on the technique and narrative brilliance of the cinema of Ray.
The Inner Eye notes that justice cannot be done to Ray without an understanding of world cinema of all kinds, western and Indian classical music, as well as an informed appreciation of the language, literature, music, religions and history of Bengal. But this is not the main achievement of this biography.
Stills from Father Panchali (top left); and Charulata: Shunning artifice
Essentially, the Volume becomes more than a reference text because of Robinson's ability to pinpoint the humanness of Ray's cinematic inspiration. The best chapters are inevitably on the films.
Aptly, Robinson singles out the Apu trilogy as a watershed in world cinema for it heralded the arrival of a genius of riveting originality. Like De Sica's Bicycle Thief,cartier bracelet replica, Ray's Pather Panchali, Aparajito and Apur Sansar displayed no artifice. Authenticity was the touchstone of his actors' performance.
Ray believes, or so Robinson claims, that Charulata is the only perfect film he has made. Based on a Rabindranath Tagore novel set in 1880, the script deals with the conflicts surrounding the role of Bengali women in the late nineteenth century. Charu, the neglected wife of a newspaper editor and owner, lonely and childless,replica cartier jewelry, develops a relationship with her insouciant brother in law, Amal.
ExcerptHe has the supreme self assurance of genius but not its arrogance. Glamour, great wealth and arbitrary power never excited him before and still do not. Inside, he is still the quiet, private teenager who would break into a fever at the thought of going up to the front to collect a prize. An appetite for publicity in an artist is a feature of modern western life that Ray had not acquired; he remains as open to new experiences and encounters as he ever was. 'I feel one pronounces fewer judgments as one grows older', he says, 'The important thing is to keep one's senses alert and keep working.'In order to mould Tagore's story into a film, Ray had to strike a delicate balance between western and Bengali elements. Ray explained this fusion to his biographer: "is a story which may not be deeply rooted in Bengali tradition. It has a western quality to it and the film shares that quality."Robinson writes of Ray's warmth, urbane humour and nostalgia for the Victorian Calcutta of the Bengali bhadralok. Whilst on the hunt for props to suit the period settings of Ghare Baire, Ray would acquire objets a art and bric a brac from people's houses, then stuff them into his Ambassador. On one such trip,love replica bracelet cartier, Robinson too bumped along Calcutta's potholed roads, crammed next to Ray and the driver. He writes: "I could think of no other world famous film director used to operating quite like this."
The biographer can be faulted on one major count. There is far too much detail every film from Kanchenjunga to Mahanagar is examined with a tiresome exactitude. Consequently, readability is often sacrificed in the interests of an overly knowledgeable account. In some respects,cartier bangle love replica, Ray is the film maker's film maker. In The Inner Eye Robinson reveals, what some film critics have always maintained, that Ray's cinematic achievement is specialist and not popular in its appeal. Recent Artcle£º
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