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Our Films, Their Films

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This book brings together Satyajit Ray's major writings and talks on film making and film makers, and presents them in two sections. 'Our Films' is devoted mainly to his own experiences and contains many interesting anecdotes, but also has observations to offer on trends in Indian films. 'Their Films' deals with some films from abroad that have become landmarks in the hist...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published September 15th 1994 by Hyperion (first published January 28th 1983)
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An enjoyable, informative book by Satyajit Ray offering commentaries on our (Indian) films and their (rest of the world) films. Written in the manner of a discourse and observations on films it does not have a method or a definite purpose, but it is a must-read for film buffs.
I have read many works by this legend in his unique Bengali detective
and Bengali scientist genres, and I had heard him speak, but I was
unprepared for the depth of insight and economy of prose in his
writing about the subject of cinema. Again, like George Orwell
in Homage to Catalonia, a style that is simply his own.

I haven't seen any Ray's movies but I always have the idea that they are great. But this book really put me down. More than filmmaker I found him as an critic here. He judged so many talented people. For some movies he thought they were too far from general audience and for some movies he thought they were still conventional. I wonder who was/is going to make a standard. I really hope his movies won't let me down.
Before reading this book, ive heard a lot about him..In the quest of knowing about our own legend in the film industry (sorry cinema!!), i read this book and oh my word, it was a page turner and also i came to know about his passion for cinema and it was no surprise that many of the international directors knew him for his sheer knowledge and flare towards the subject and was no wonder that all these traits of his made the Indian film industry on the limelight of International arena!!!Compelling...more
I love Satyajit Ray movies because his movies are real and that he took Indian cinema to a higher level. His way of cinematic expression of pathos and revelry is moving and touching. But I never thought he was such a powerful writer. His literary style is just amazing and frankly I was glued to the book just to learn how to express one's thought process so eloquently and effectively.
'Our films their films' is yet another authoritative stamp on the eternal genius of Satyajit Ray. A must read for any movie buff, and before reading it, prepare to be blown by his handling of the English language. His sharp insights on foreign movies show why he is the greatest director ever from India. Respect.
Dec 05, 2009 Tamal added it
A work which unites Ray's most essential analyses and commentaries on the Cinema __ from Kurosawa to John Ford. to Charlie Chaplin to Francois Truffaut. The intelligence of the critique strikes us immediately and ray succeeds in making us share his immense love for this form of ART...Worth Reading...
Dev Dath
Wow... What a great book? It also gave me new informations and I liked the way he used to compare our films and foreign films.The language used in this book was simple.Satyajit Ray,I think is the best director and author I have ever seen.
One of the finest books that can be offered to a greenhorn of cinema. Glimpses of Global Scenario with crisp analysis and little trivias here and there about the towering figure of Indian cinema, this book is a must for every cinema lover.
Sankar Raj
A great work on the nature of films by a great director.His language is simple. He discusses the kind of films made in India and other parts of the world.A must for a movie buff.
As a film enthusiast and aspiring film-maker, I found the book to be knowlegeable,inspiring and informative..
Subroto Chattopadhyay
Must read, the bit on how we paint and the direction of the brush strokes ......
Good Analysis of Films and Film making.
I just fell in love with Ray again!
Brilliant..Absolutely brilliant...
Must read for every cinema lover.
Sukesha Dutta
good for beginners
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Satyajit Ray (Bangla: সত্যজিৎ রায়) was an Indian filmmaker and author of Bengali fiction and regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of world cinema. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and literature. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Ray was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and watching V...more
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