Music Room, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1958) / Region 1
Music Room, The: The Criterion Collection

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Music Room, The: The Criterion Collection

With The Music Room (Jalsaghar), Satyajit Ray brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat (the beloved actor Chhabi Biswas) desperately clinging to his way of life. His greatest joy is the music room in which he has hosted lavish concerts over the years - now a shadow of its former vivid self. 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.

Disc One:

New interviews with Satyajit Ray biographer Andrew Robinson and filmmaker Mira Nair

Excerpt from a 1981 French roundtable discussion featuring Ray, film critic Michel Ciment, and director Claude Sautet

Disc Two:

Satyajit Ray (1984), a feature documentary by Shyam Benegal that chronicles Ray's career through interviews with the filmmaker, family photographs, and extensive clips from his films


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 18 2011
  • Production Year 1958
  • Empire SKU 1572644
  • UPC Code 715515084017
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Booklet Featuring Essay by Critic Philip Kemp, a 1963 Essay by ray on the Film's Location and a 1986 Interview with the Director about the Film's Music


  • Audio
    Bengali Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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