Distant Thunder (Ashani Sanket)
Distant Thunder (Ashani Sanket) (1973)

Satyajit Ray's drama about the Bengal famine of 1942-1943 stars frequent Ray collaborator Soumitra Chatterjee as Gangacharan, a Brahmin who sets up a school in a remote Bengali village. As World War II drains India's resources, the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 11, 1973
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

A tragedy of such magnitude becomes an event abstracted by arithmetic. But Ray's artistry alters the scale. His concentrating on just a few victims of the famine causes such massive loss to become real, immediate.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Distant thunder, indeed; a superb film.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A gentle humanist film that informs the world that over five million died of starvation and epidemics in Bengal.

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