Lost articles written by Satyajit Ray now in book
Lying scattered in dailies, magazines, film bulletins and publications which are now extinct, some long-lost articles by Satyajit Ray have been compiled in a book form.
Rich with images like film and production stills, rare portraits of Ray and a substantial number of sketches and photographs by the great director, "Deep Focus: Reflections on Cinema" reveals his views on names like Charlie Chaplin, Michelangelo Antonioni, Jean Luc Goddard and Bengal's matinee idol Uttam Kumar.
An outcome of an intensive research over many months, the collection of essays by Ray has been published by HarperCollins in association with the Society for the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Films.
This is the Oscar-winning director's second book on cinema in English, appearing 35 years after the publication of his first one, 'Our Films Their Films' (1976). This book brings together some of his most cerebral writings on film and even gives the readers a peek into his experiences at film festivals.
Ray pens an ode to silent cinema, discusses the problems in adapting literary works to film, and expresses his views on other great directors such as Godard, Antonioni, Bergman, Chaplin as also on Uttam Kumar who played the lead in his 'Nayak' (The Hero) and 'Chiriakhana' (The Zoo). It not only reveals Ray's engagement with cinema, but also provides an invaluable insight into the mind of a genius.PTI