The promised (and much-requested) follow-up to our 2009 Satyajit Ray tribute, Long Shadows: The Late Work of Satyajit Ray includes all the films made by Ray in the autumnal years of his career. Already an acknowledged giant of world cinema, Ray in these later works reveals a more meditative side: his brilliant powers of observation lead him to pare down his style, allowing his characters and the world to reveal themselves to us. Of special interest is Home and the World, his final, wonderful adaptation of a work by his mentor, Rabindranath Tagore (whose 150th anniversary we celebrate this year), as well as his final, luminous work, The Stranger, an extraordinary summing up of so much of Ray’s worldview graced with a sensational lead performance by Utpal Dutt.
Presented in collaboration with Columbia University. Special thanks to the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project at the Academy Film Archive, the Film Foundation, as well as to the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection at the University of California, Santa Cruz.