THE ELEPHANT GOD
JOI BABA FELUNATH
1979, Janus Films, 112 min, India, Dir: Satyajit Ray

“The Bengali Sherlock Holmes” returns to the screen in director Satyajit Ray’s adaptation of his popular children’s novel. With cousin Topshe (Siddhartha Chatterjee) and mystery writer Jatayu (Santosh Dutta) in tow, private investigator Feluda (Soumitra Chatterjee) travels to the sacred city of Varanasi, where a priceless statue of Ganesh, the elephant god, has been stolen from the Ghosal household. As the storied sleuth zeroes in on the culprit, thrills and laughs pour forth - along with an ending sure to surprise. In Bengali with English subtitles.


THE ADVENTURES OF GOOPY AND BAGHA
GOOPY GYNE BAGHA BYNE
1969, 132 min, India, Dir: Satyajit Ray

Adapted by Satyajit Ray from a story by his grandfather, this enchanting children’s fantasy was one of the director’s most successful films in India, spawning two more installments in the series. An aspiring singer and drummer team up and are granted three magical powers, which they use to bring harmony to two kingdoms on the brink of war. A light-hearted romp with some impressive, if simple, special effects and plenty of joyful music (all of it written by Ray). In Bengali with English subtitles.


THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH
1970, Warner Bros., 90 min, USA, Dir: Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow

The classic children's adventure novel written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer comes to life in this Chuck Jones (“What's Opera, Doc?”) musical. Butch Patrick (“The Munsters”) plays Milo, a bored city kid who receives a mysterious gift of a magical tollbooth. Entering it, he finds himself transported from a live-action universe to a psychedelic animated one, then thrust into a series of far-out adventures including rescuing the Princesses Rhyme and Reason from the Castle in the Air. Voices supplied by voice-over legends Mel Blanc, Daws Butler and June Foray.


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