Overview for Beyond the World of Apu: The Films of Satyajit Ray
In this new work, John W. Hood makes a thoroughly informed, socio-historical critique of all twenty-nine feature films of Satyajit Ray. Structured along themes which the author has identified in Ray's movies, this reassessment analyses each film independently, on the basis of its individual merits and lapses, carefully avoiding the popular hagiography that is common to much of Ray criticism. Having taken us through the two ends of the spectrum of excellence and mediocrity that comprise Ray's work, Hood concludes his incisive study by affirming that "What makes Ray ascend into the realms of the great is his profound sense of humanity".A highly accessible work on arguably the finest film-maker India has ever produced, this book will engage not only serious readers of cinematic texts but also be a valuable learning resource for students of film studies, all over the world.
John W. Hood (Author)
John W. Hood is an internationally recognized scholar of Indian art cinema and is known for his work. The Essential Mystery: Major Filmmakers of Indian Art Cinema, also published by Orient Longman. He has also written on the films of Mrinal Sen and has published a book of translations of Buddhadeb Dasgupta's poetry, Love and Other Forms of Death. He has been a scholar of Indian culture for most of his life and is also a translator of Bengali literature. He now divides his time between his homes in Melbourne and Kolkata.