Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City)
Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City) (1967)

Satyajit Ray, India's premiere film director, takes a rare foray into social satire with 1963's The Big City. Anil Chaterjee stars as the typically subjugated wife of an Indian bank official. When the banker loses his job, he orders… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Ray's style is direct, realist and sympathetic.

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Leah Garchik
San Francisco Chronicle

There are so many ways in which Ray is entitled to demand respect that I felt absolutely naughty wanting something to happen quickly.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Ray was known for his historical tales, but lost absolutely nothing with the shift to contemporary urban life.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

There is nothing obscure or over-stylized about this characteristic work by Mr. Ray. It is another of his beautifully fashioned and emotionally balanced contemplations of change in the thinking, the customs and the manners of the Indian middle-class.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lyrical Ozu-like family drama.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Mostly, The Big City is impressive for how Ray makes his observations about Arati's lot in life without saying anything directly.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the most rewarding screen experiences of our time. I warmly encourage you to see it.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a complex, but ultimately generous depiction of humanity trying to navigate the uncertainties of a changing world

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

Ray's Calcutta is a bustling Dickensian city of disappointment and hope, of new possibilities and old temptations, of entrepreneurs seizing opportunities in a changing society ...

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Mahanagar is probably my favorite Satyajit Ray so far. It really is a slice of the times and just shows how things were changing in the world. It is an honest… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Mahanagar," Subrata(Anil Chatterjee) is a bank manager but cannot afford to support his extended family which includes his… More