Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 201: Fri Jul 22

The Big City (Ray, 1963): BFI Southbank, NFT1 5.50 (+ NFT2, 2.30 & NFT3, 8.20)

This film, the highlight of the Satyajit Ray season, is on an extended run at BFI Southbank. You can find the full details here.

Time Out review:
A funny and ambiguously ironic account of a young woman's progress from subdued, traditional housewife to wage earner, finally achieving equality when she resigns her job - a gesture of solidarity for a sacked friend - and joins her husband among the ranks of the lower middle class urban unemployed. Set in 1955 in a bank crash-ridden Calcutta, Ray's Ozu-like comedy about anglicised Indians who sprinkle their conversation with English phrases marks a step forward from the famous pastorales which made his name in the West.
Peter Watts

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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