The Pather Panchali of Satyajit Ray: An Illustrated Study

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McFarland, Jul 14, 2011 - Performing Arts - 204 pages
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Pather Panchali is the Taj Mahal of 1950's Indian cinema. Remarkably, director Satyajit Ray was self-taught; he never apprenticed or formally studied his art at a film school. This critical work examines the classic film from the perspective of a director, not simply placing it in historical and critical context, but providing commentary on Ray's technical direction. Liberally illustrated with hand-drawn sketches of frames from the film, this work is indispensable to both cinema aesthetes and aspiring directors. The book includes about 475 hand-drawn, ink-wash, black and white sketches of frames from the film; Ray's two forgotten articles from the Apu trilogy days; an unconventional bibliography recommending not only what to read on Ray but also what to avoid reading; and a foreword by Dilip K. Basu, head of Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection, University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Surendar Chawdry, The Pather Panchali of Satyajit Ray. This illustrated study is absolutely wonderful. It is the written version of the Director’s commentary so common on many DVDs today. Chawdry ... Read full review

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User Review  - bostonian71 - LibraryThing

One of the most detailed analyses of a film I've ever read, and fascinating particularly for anyone who's ever been interested in the arts of cinematography and editing. I only wished that some of the ... Read full review

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Surendar Chawdhary is an award-winning director of numerous short films and a former professor of film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India. He lives in Gurgaon, India.

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