Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
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Mon, Sep 16, 2013
7:30pm
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SATYAJIT RAY RESTORED
Double Feature!
THE BIG CITY / THE EXPEDITION
Presented in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
50th Anniversary!

THE BIG CITY
MAHANAGAR
1963, Janus Films, 122 min, India, Dir: Satyajit Ray

CHARULATA’s Madhabi Mukherjee stars as Arati, a middle-class housewife who tries to help her family make ends meet by getting a job as a saleswoman in the big city of Calcutta. Her conservative family disapproves of the notion of a female breadwinner, and the friction increases when a co-worker encourages Arati’s growing independence. Satyajit Ray earned a Silver Bear for Best Direction at the Berlin Film Festival for this insightful look at how the tide of modernity has shifted gender roles. In English and Bengali with English subtitles.


THE EXPEDITION
ABHIJAN
1962, 150 min, India, Dir: Satyajit Ray

A box-office hit in the director’s native Bengal, this involving drama was adapted from Tarashankar Banerjee’s novel of the same name. A man of proud Rajput heritage who drives a taxi, Narsingh (Ray regular Soumitra Chatterjee) begins working for a merchant (Charuprasash Ghosh) after he loses his license. But the merchant is involved in drug trafficking, and as the cabbie is pulled deeper into that business, two women - the teacher Narsingh loves and the prostitute who loves him - hold the key to his redemption. In Bengali with English subtitles.


THE BIG CITY restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project through a collaboration of the Academy Film Archive, the Merchant-Ivory Foundation and the Film Foundation. THE EXPEDITION restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project at the Academy Film Archive. 35mm prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.
Aero Theatre • Mon, Sep 16, 2013 • 7:30pm
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