Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City)
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Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City)
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 Anil to find work to make ends meet. The wife subsequently runs the household finances so brilliantly that soon she is in the driver's seat, in direct opposition to long-established Indian matrimonial custom. Seen by some critics as a subtle plea for improving the status of Indian womanhood, The Big City was based on a novel by Narbenda Nath Mitra. ~… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ray's style is direct, realist and sympathetic."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"There are so many ways in which Ray is entitled to demand respect that I felt absolutely naughty wanting something to happen quickly."
‑ Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle
"Ray was known for his historical tales, but lost absolutely nothing with the shift to contemporary urban life."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A bustling urban drama about the conflicts of work, gender and money, richly believable in the details and fascinating in its social vision."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Incredibly rich and satisfying. Would easily stand up to multiple viewings."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Lyrical Ozu-like family drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Mostly, The Big City is impressive for how Ray makes his observations about Arati's lot in life without saying anything directly."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"An utterly absorbing and moving drama about the changing worlds of work and home in 1950s India, and a hymn to uxorious love acted with lightness, intelligence and wit."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Another Ray work of deceptive simplicity and deep-lying emotion."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"One of the most rewarding screen experiences of our time. I warmly encourage you to see it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"a complex, but ultimately generous depiction of humanity trying to navigate the uncertainties of a changing world"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"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 ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Funny, entirely relatable and beautifully shot slice of 1950s Calcutta life that centres around the dynamics of a middle-class family and the changing values of the time."
‑ Katherine McLaughlin, ViewLondon
"Ray draws from Mukherjee a performance of delectable subtlety as she comes to recognise her moral and financial independence."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
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