Satyajit Ray - Company Limited (Seemabaddha) (1974) - DVD

Director: Satyajit Ray

Price - £7.99

Film Info:

1974 / 110 minutes / Bengali with English subtitles / Mono audio / 1.33 : 1 Colour / DVD PAL Multi Region / MRBDVD023

Synopsis:

Despite hailing from a small village in Patna, Shyamlal (Barun Chanda) is entirely immersed in the comforts of his high paying corporate job. On her first visit to Calcutta, his young sister-in-law Tutul (Sharmila Tagore), who lives in Shyamlal’s native place, is dismayed by his boastful displays of accumulated perks and privileges. However his façade cracks when a lucrative export order faces cancellation. Faced with the possibility of losing everything he has built, Shyamlal concocts a plot of feigned industrial sabotage to save face and protect company prestige.

Satyajit Ray’s Company Limited is an epochal portrait of the rise of the educated urban middle-class. Shyamlal’s ironic ascendancy up the corporate ladder, a rise in statute simultaneously accompanied by a fall in character, is the director’s starkest reflection on modern India. The middle-part of the thematically related Calcutta trilogy (between The Adversary and The Middleman), Company Limited is a work of considerable psychological complexity and high technical accomplishment. 


Reviews:

"Ray's humorous examination of those who lack the courage to pause and look at their place in the world is wonderfully observed and often surprisingly funny" -- Film 4

"Ray's rich and perceptive dissection of India's emerging middle class is as pointed now as it was upon first release" -- Edinburgh Filmhouse

"Ray's magic, the simple poetry of his images and their emotional impact will always stay with me" -- Martin Scorsese

"Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon" -- Akira Kurosawa

"One of the greatest filmmakers of the century" -- Fred Zinnemann

"Ray's mastery, his sure touch, encompassed every possible technical function...His work becomes an inspiration for all time" -- Richard Attenborough

Cast & Credits:

Sharmila Tagore
Barun Chanda
Paromita Chowdhury

Directed - Satyajit Ray

Awards:

- Venice Film Festival (1972), Won, FIPRESCI Prize, Satyajit Ray

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