Big City, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1963) / Region A
Big City, The: The Criterion Collection

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Big City, The: The Criterion Collection

The Big City, the great Satyajit Ray's first portrayal of contemporary life in his native Kolkata, follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family. With remarkable sensitivity and attention to the details of everyday working-class life, Ray gradually builds a powerful human drama that is at once a hopeful morality tale and a commentary on the identity of the contemporary Indian woman.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 20 2013
  • Production Year 1963
  • Empire SKU 1656154
  • UPC Code 715515109314
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


New interview with actor Madhabi Mukherjee
Satyajit Ray and the Modern Woman, a new interview with Ray scholar Suranjan Ganguly
Satyajit Ray (1974), a documentary short by B.D. Garga
The Coward (Kapurush, 1965), a short feature by Ray that also addresses modern female identity and stars Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee
Booklet feature and essay by scholar Chandak Sengoopta and a 1980s interview with Ray by his biographer Andrew Robinson


  • Audio
    Bengali PCM Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W



  • R.D. Bansal


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