Preface to the Second Edition and Acknowledgements vii
List of Illustrations x
Note on the Pronunciation and Spelling of Bengali xii Introduction: Getting to know Ray 1 A Bengali Banyan Tree: The Ray Family 2 Early Years 1921–40 3 Santiniketan and Tagore 1940–2 4 Commercial Artist and Critic 1943–50 5 The Making of Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) 1950–5 6 The Apu Trilogy 1955–9: Pather Panchali, Aparajito (The Unvanquished), The World of Apu (Apur Sansar) 7 Comedies: The Philosopher’s Stone (Parash Pathar) 1958, Mahapurush (The Holy Man) 1964 8 The Music Room (Jalsaghar) 1958 9 The Goddess (Devi) 1960 10 Three Daughters (Teen Kanya) 1961 11 Kanchenjungha 1962 12 Abhijan (The Expedition) 1962 13 Mahanagar (The Big City) 1963 14 Charulata (The Lonely Wife) 1964 15 Kapurush (The Coward) 1965 16 Nayak (The Hero) 1966 17 Musicals: The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne) 1969, The Kingdom of Diamonds (Hirak Rajar Dese) 1980 18 Days and Nights in the Forest (Aranyer Din Ratri) 1969 19 The Calcutta Trilogy: The Adversary (Pratidwandi) 1970, Company Limited (Seemabaddha) 1971, The Middle Man (Jana Aranya) 1975 20 Distant Thunder (Asani Sanket) 1973 21 Detective Films: Chiriakhana (The Zoo) 1967, The Golden Fortress (Sonar Kella) 1974, The Elephant God (Joi Baba Felunath) 1978 22 The Chess Players (Shatranj ke Khilari) 1977 23 Two 1964, Pikoo 1980 24 Deliverance (Sadgati) 1981 25 The Home and the World (Ghare Baire) 1984 26 Documentaries: Sikkim 1971, Sukumar Ray 1987, Rabindranath Tagore 1961, Bala 1976, The Inner Eye 1972 27 Unmade Films: Ravi Shankar, The Mahabharata, A Passage to India, The Alien 28 Ray as Designer, Illustrator and Writer 29 ‘Some Aspects of His Craft’: Ray as Film-maker 30 ‘The Inner Eye’ 31 Koh-i-noor: An Enemy of the People (Ganasatru) 1989, Branches of the Tree (Sakha Prasakha) 1990, The Stranger (Agantuk) 1991, and the Legacy of Satyajit Ray Epilogue: A Century of Satyajit Ray, 1921-2021 A Conversation with Ray Glossary Filmography Notes Bibliography Index
Akira Kurosawa said of the great director: 'Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon.' Martin Scorsese remarked on Ray's birth centenary in 2021: 'The films of Satyajit Ray are truly treasures of cinema, and everyone with an interest in film needs to see them.' Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye is the definitive biography, based on extensive interviews with Ray himself, his actors and collaborators, and a deep knowledge of Bengali culture. Andrew Robinson provides an in-depth critical account of each film in an astonishingly versatile career, from Ray's directorial debut Pather Panchali (1955) to his final feature Agantuk (1991). The third (centenary) edition includes new material: an epilogue, 'A century of Ray', about the nature of his genius; a wide-ranging conversation with Ray drawn from the author's interviews; and an updated comprehensive bibliography of Ray's writings.