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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 Sypnosis:

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

Movie Release Year: 1960
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 93
Specs: 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: • PLUS: An essay by film critic Devika Girish