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Mon 20 Apr 2015, 6:30pm–8:50pm

Where: Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • New Premier 12 Month Membership: $165.00
  • Returning/Concession 12 Month Membership: $140.00
  • 3 Film Sampler: $30.00
  • Special: New Membership - 2 Friends Joining at the same session: $140.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: AuckFilmSoc

The Big City (Mahanagar)
Director - Satyajit Ray - India · 1963 - 135 mins · DCP · b&w - PG (sexual references)
In Bengali with English subtitles
Screenplay: Satyajit Ray. Based on the stories Abataranika and Akinchan by Narendranath Mitra
Starring: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bhaduri, Haren Chatterjee, Shephalika Devi

“Satyajit Ray’s glorious film Mahanagar, or The Big City, is rereleased 50 years on: it is an utterly absorbing and moving drama about the changing worlds of work and home in 1950s India, and a hymn to uxorious love acted with lightness, intelligence and wit.

“Madhabi Mukherjee is superb as Arati, the demure wife of Subrata (Anil Chatterjee), a sweet-natured, semi-competent bank employee in Calcutta. To help out with the family finances, she takes a job as a door-to-door saleswoman, promoting a new knitting machine – and is electrified by her new self-esteem and cash. Encouraged by her feisty, flighty colleague Edith (Vicky Redwood), an Anglo-Indian of the sort not much loved in the city, she insists on lucrative commissions for her rocketing sales and blossoms as a beautiful professional woman about town.

“Ray shows how this new freedom enrages the men: her husband is unmanned by his wife's sensational new career, and his ailing elderly father Priyagopal (Haren Chatterjee), a retired teacher, is openly disapproving and begins a disastrous and humiliating financial campaign of his own, intended to render his daughter-in-law's income unnecessary: visiting prosperous ex-pupils to touch them for money. The Big City is sublime, a movie to fall in love with.”
—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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