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The Films of Buddhadeb Dasgupta

John W. Hood (Author)
Synopsis Buddhadeb Dasgupta has established himself as one of India's finest filmmakers and won international acclaim for his thirteen feature films. His works are characterized by technical excellence and artistic beauty and are noted for their extraordinary originality in both style and substance. The themes of his films are as varied as they are many, but there is an abiding concern for the individual in isolation or alienation, for the misfit, the rebel, and the lonely. The films cherish pity as a creative emotion and value innocence and simplicity as constructive virtues. Heroism sometimes consists in honesty and dedication to a cause, although many of Dasgupta's heroes, given his profound sense of realism, are sadly obliged to bow to circumstances. In this work, every one of the feature films is discussed in detail – the films about the vulnerability of dedication, the struggle against poverty, the integrity of the modern day artist, notions of sanity and insanity and falling out of history, the transcending of human society and its various constraints on creativity, and the triumph of beauty over the ugliness of violence. Dasgupta is also a highly esteemed poet in Bengali, and there is a concluding chapter on the relationship between his poetry and his cinema.
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About the author

John W. Hood

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.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Films of Buddhadeb Dasgupta
Author John W. Hood
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8125028021
length xiv+224p., Bibliography; 22cm.