Interview - SATYAJIT RAY : Conversations With the Genius of Indian Cinema

India's preeminent film director, Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) came to public attention in 1955 with Pather Panchali, the first installment of what became known as the Apu trilogy. It was the motion picture that introduced Indian cinema to the West. Initially critics considered Ray a poetic chronicler of Bengali village life, but soon he showed himself adept at making movies that incorporate contemporary urban life (Branches of the Tree), Indian history (The Lonely Wife), comedy (The Philosopher's Stone), musical fantasy (Kingdom of Diamonds), children's subjects (The Golden Fortress), and even documentary elements (Rabindranath Tagore).

Satyajit Ray: Interviews reveals a genial, generous, unpretentious, immensely knowledgeable man who, for all his fame, remained to the end bemusedly indifferent to movie-world glamor.

Scripting, casting, directing, music-scoring, camera-operating, working closely on art direction and editing, even designing his own credit titles and publicity material--Ray did it all almost from the start of his career. His films come close to being wholly personal expressions yet achieve a global resonance.

These collected interviews with the pre-eminent Indian film director offers the first English-language collection of interviews with the acclaimed director of the Apu trilogy, includes interviews ranging from 1958 to 1992, spanning most of Ray's long career, features interviews from British, Indian, and American periodicals and expands the Conversations with Filmmakers Series.

The author, Bert Cardullo, is professor of American culture and literature at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey. He lives on the island of Chios.

This wonderful book - a must for all film lovers - is available online here >