The big city Mahanagar

Criterion Collection (Firm)

DVD - 2013

Set in mid-1950s Calcutta and directed by Satyajit Ray, this story follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati, who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family. With remarkable sensitivity and attention to the details of everyday working-class life, Ray gradually builds a powerful human drama that is at once a hopeful morality tale and a commentary on the identity of the contemporary Indian woman.

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1st Floor DVD/MOVIE/WORLD/BENGALI/Big Checked In
Motion pictures India
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection [2013]
Corporate Author
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Corporate Author
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Other Authors
Satyajit Ray, 1921-1992 (screenwriter), Narendranātha Mitra, 1916-1975 (-), Premendra Mitra
Two-DVD special edition ; DVD edition ; full screen
Item Description
DVD release of the 1963 motion picture.
From a stories Abataranika and Akinchan by Narendranath Mitra.
Special features: Disc 1: Madhabi Mukherjee (new interview with the actor); Satyajit Ray and the modern woman (interview with Satyajit Ray scholar and author Suranjan Ganguly); B.D. Garga's Satyajit Ray (1974 documentary featuring narration by Satyajit Ray and on-set footage from the making of The big city). Disc 2: The coward = Kapurush (1965) (a feature film by Ray; starring Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Haradhan Bannerjee; based on a story by Premendra Mitra); About The coward.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (135 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
DVD ; NTSC ; region 1 ; fullscreen (1.33:1) presentation ; Dolby digital mono.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Production Credits
Cinematography, Subrata Mitra ; music, Satyajit Ray ; edited by Dulal Dutta.
  • Disc 1. The big city
  • Disc 2. The coward / Janus Films ; The RDB Organization ; R.D. Bansal presents ; screenplay, music, and direction by Satyajit Ray.