PRINT April 1992


THE BENGALI FILM DIRECTOR Satyajit Ray has just received an Academy Award for lifetime achievement. Those who know his work must feel that the honor is long overdue. Ray’s best-known films—the “Apu Trilogy,” Charulata, The Music Room, to name a few—are world-class, supranational classics, to be viewed and enjoyed again and again.

Besides directing his movies, Ray writes his own scripts, works the camera, edits the negative, and composes the music. He has a control almost unknown in cinema. This, together with his ability to interpret the human heart, transforms the flickering, insubstantial images of film into a real world in which we can recognize our family, our friends, and even our own society—though little could be more foreign to a Western audience than India, Bengal, Calcutta, and a humble village without electricity or running water. A great part of Ray’s brilliance lies in taking

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