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Devi - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Drama
Starring: Sharmila Tagore, Soumitra Chatterjee, Chhabi Biswas, Karuna Bannerjee
Director: Satyajit Ray
Plot Synopsis:

Master filmmaker Satyajit Ray explores the conflict between fanaticism and free will in Devi (The Goddess), issuing a subversively modern challenge to religious orthodoxy and patriarchal power structures. In the waning days of mid-nineteenth-century India's feudal system, after his son Soumitra Chatterjee) leaves for Kolkata to complete his studies, a wealthy rural landowner (Chhabi Biswas) is seized by the notion that his beloved daughter-in-law (a hauntingly sad-eyed Sharmila Tagore) is the reincarnation of the goddess Kali—a delusion that proves devastating to the young woman and those around her. The opulently stylized compositions and the chiaroscuro lighting by cinematographer Subrata Mitra heighten the entrancing expressionistic intensity of this domestic tragedy, making for an experience that is both sublime and shattering.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: October 26th, 2021
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1960
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:93 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    New English subtitle translation
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:Bengali: LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:
    • New program featuring interviews with actors Sharmila Tagore and Soumitra Chatterjee, recorded in 2013
    • New video essay by film scholar Meheli Sen
    • PLUS: An essay by film critic Devika Girish