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Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye

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Satyjit Ray's films include the Apu Trilogy, The Music Room, Charulata, Days and Nights in the Forest, The Chess Players, and The Stranger. He also made comedies, musical fantasies, detective films, and documentaries. He was an exceptionally versatile artist who won almost every major prize in cinema, including a lifetime achievement Oscar in 1992. This is the best-known b
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Published February 21st 2004 by I. B. Tauris (first published 1989)
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Nandakishore Varma
Jun 29, 2015 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Satyajit Ray, along with Ingmar Bergman, was my first taste of serious cinema. They taught me that movies not only entertain, but also enchant and edify.

This book is a detailed exploration of Ray and his work - a fantastic journey into the mind of an auteur. Most of his movies are discussed in detail, embellished with beautiful photographs and interviews with the great film-maker himself.

A must-read book for any movie lover.

Phillip Kay
Jan 02, 2013 Phillip Kay rated it it was amazing
The Inner Eye by Andrew Robinson, (I.B.Tauris 2004) is an attempt to deal with an unusual problem: a writer, composer, artist and film maker, of world stature, who created in a relatively obscure language and whose works risk misrepresentation and oblivion without some sort of interpreter, both of the works and the culture which gave them birth. Before looking at the book we have to look a little at the problem.

Satyajit Ray is a name to mention when compiling lists of great film directors, but w
Aug 22, 2008 ExistenGuy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cinephiles
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An excellent overview of the life and films of the great Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray. I feel that Andrew Robinson has done a marvelous job in capturing the ethos and nuances of Ray's films. The book begins by covering Ray's early life and education and then delves quickly into a film-by-film analysis, complete with interesting backgrounds notes, in the subsequent chapters.

In the later chapters, Robinson goes into Ray's work as an illustrator and writer and expounds on his view of cinema in ge
Arjun Dirghangi
Sep 22, 2012 Arjun Dirghangi rated it it was amazing
The definitive book on Ray and his oeuvre. The author is privy to truly amazing access which not simply informs, but illuminates, the viewing of Ray's films. In portions, its chapters are more Cliffs-Note sketches than insightful (a perhaps necessary casualty of its completist aims), in contrast to the depth displayed particularly regarding his 'Apu Trilogy.'

Nevertheless, the sections on Ray's formative years in Santiniketan and Ray's creative familial inheritance; the thrilling backstory to 'Pa
Jul 20, 2015 Ryan rated it really liked it
I've been working my way through the Ray films released thus far on Hulu's Criterion channel and this book provides some good context for those like me who are more familiar with Hindi cinema and don't pick up up on all of the nuances of Bengali society, politics and literature in Ray's films.
Dec 23, 2015 Sambasivan rated it it was amazing
One of the best biographies that I ever read. Concentrates on the movies of Ray and less on his personal life. Such a prolific creator has not been suitably recognised till now. I intend watching all his movies next year.
Mar 21, 2008 Roniq marked it as to-read
I own the Apu trilogy and love the cinematography and the characters. I'm thrilled to learn of a biography and that he has several other films for me to check out.
A tremendous and fabulous introspection about Satyajit Ray,s thought
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W. Andrew Robinson is a British author and former newspaper editor.

Andrew Robinson was educated at the Dragon School, Eton College where he was a King's Scholar, University College, Oxford where he read Chemistry and finally the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He is the son of Neville Robinson,
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