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The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray

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The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray
July 3 to August 17

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“Not to have seen the films of Ray would mean existing in a world without the sun or the moon.” —Akira Kurosawa

“His films feel like novels to me. He draws you very close to his characters, and his stories are almost always about people going through a major internal transition.” —Wes Anderson

“Like Renoir and De Sica, Ray sees that life itself is good no matter how bad it is.”
—Pauline Kael, Partisan Review

“There is no one to replace the maker of the Apu Trilogy, The Music Room, Charulata, and Days and Nights in the Forest —masterpieces of world cinema that transcended national boundaries and reached hearts and minds everywhere.”
—Derek Malcolm, The Guardian

“Last, but not least — in fact, this is most important — you need a happy ending. However, if you can create tragic situations and jerk a few tears before the happy ending, it will work much better.” —Satyajit Ray

The cinematic event of the summer, this massive retrospective of one of the most important and influential bodies of work in international cinema includes a raft of restorations and rarities. When Satyajit Ray died in 1992, the humanism that defined his work was largely outmoded, replaced by postmodernist irony and cinephilic knowingness. In the intervening decades, the rage for all things Bollywood has also helped to eclipse the Bengali art-cinema tradition established by such Indian masters as Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, and Mrinal Sen. Intensifying that sense of loss was the widely lamented fact that at the time of his death, Ray’s legacy was greatly inaccessible to us: many critics noted that Ray tributes were impossible because of the scarcity of good prints, a dire situation discovered when the producers of the Oscar telecast were gathering clips for Ray’s honourary award. Long available mostly in wretched dupe copies or not at all, one of the most important bodies of work in cinema was in peril. Deteriorating negatives and laboratory fires complicated the already arduous worldwide search for printing materials, proving film restorer David Shephard’s contention at the time: “It would be hard to think of another world-class film artist whose oeuvre hangs by such a thin thread.”

In 1992, the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles heroically embarked upon the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project, a comprehensive program to restore all of the director’s work. Collaborating closely with the Satyajit Ray Society, a group of Ray’s former producers, the National Archives of India, the Merchant and Ivory Foundation, Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation and the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the Academy restorations of Ray’s essential films ensure a sublime experience during this rare retrospective.
— James Quandt

More than a decade has passed since Ray was honoured with a retrospective in Toronto, and in that time cinematic trends have made his work even more necessary to see again. This comprehensive TIFF Cinematheque retrospective presents one of the most important and influential bodies of work in international cinema.

Featuring 34 titles, some of the highlights of the The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray include:

Three of Ray’s monumental trilogies: The Apu Trilogy of Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1957) and The World of Apu (1959), which established the lyrical visual and narrative style with which Ray became identified; the Calcutta Trilogy, comprised of the skeptical, satirical, and politically engaged films The Adversary (1970), Company Limited (1971) and The Middleman (1975); and The Final Trilogy of An Enemy of the People (1989), Branches of the Tree (1990) and The Stranger (1991).

Get the Full PDF here: The Sun and the Moon – The Films of Satyajit Ray

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