Devi (The Criterion Collection DVD)

Criterion   (1960) / Region 1
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Devi (The Criterion Collection DVD)

Master filmmaker Satyajit Ray explores the conflict between fanaticism and free will in Devi (The Goddess), issuing a subversively modern challenge to religious orthodoxy and patriarchal power structures. In the waning days of mid-nineteenth-century India's feudal system, after his son (Soumitra Chatterjee) leaves for Kolkata to complete his studies, a wealthy rural landowner (Chhabi Biswas) is seized by the notion that his beloved daughter-in-law (a hauntingly sad-eyed Sharmila Tagore) is the reincarnation of the goddess Kalia delusion that proves devastating to the young woman and those around her. The opulently stylized compositions and the chiaroscuro lighting by cinematographer Subrata Mitra heighten the entrancing expressionistic intensity of this domestic tragedy, making for an experience that is both sublime and shattering.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Sep 13 2021
  • Production Year 1960
  • Empire SKU 3209727
  • UPC Code 715515265614
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English

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New program featuring interviews with actors Sharmila Tagore and Soumitra Chatterjee, recorded in 2013
New video essay by film scholar Meheli Sen
An essay by film critic Devika Girish

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    Bengali Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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