Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, January 14, 2017

3:00 PM Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall

(India/1958—directed by Satyajit Ray)

With The Music Room (Jalsaghar), India’s great Satyajit Ray brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat (the beloved actor Chhabi Biswas) as he desperately clings to a rapidly fading way of life. His greatest pride and joy is his music room, in which he has hosted countless lavish concerts over the years, once featuring only the finest musicians and dancers; it’s now a shadow of its former vital self, as is the decaying mansion which he calls home – yet he remains a man willing to spend every last cent to maintain the grand illusion of his shrinking world. An incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for some of India’s most popular musicians of the day, The Music Room is a defining work by the great Bengali filmmaker, the Oscar® winning director of The Apu Trilogy, Days and Nights in the Forest, and The Chess Players. In Bengali with English subtitles. (99 min.)

“An extraordinary study of pride carried to extremity… a great experience.” –Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

“Wonderfully evocative… remarkable.” Time Out Film Guide

Admission is free of charge for this screening.