Devi (The Goddess)
Devi (The Goddess) (1960)

A young woman's father-in-law begins to believe that she is a reincarnation of the goddess Kali, to whom he is strongly devoted. As she falls under the adoring eyes of other villagers, she begins to lose herself to the illusion.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1960
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Comparatively baroque and melodramatic in terms of its images and story, it manages to mount a lucid, finally very moving argument against the destructive nature of fanaticism and superstition.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a film that bears all the hallmarks of Ray's best work: gracefulness, exquisite pacing and composition, love for his characters and a deep regard for the power of silence to tell a story.

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TV Guide

Ray shows compassion and insight, telling the story in a subdued but fascinating manner.

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New York Times

A haunting experience, and should have been, coming from afar from a man born to make movies.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Satyajit Ray's study of the destructive power of superstition is typically compassionate; there are no easy villains. Intelligent and moving.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Lacks the enraptured rhythms of The Apu Trilogy, but engrossing all the same.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One of Satyajit Ray's greatest early films (1962), full of sensuality and ironic undertones.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Ray's lyrical images reflect on how the fervor of Hinduism can sometimes lead to misplaced worship.

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Although the film is farfetched in its subject matter, Ray's extraordinary visual sense and insights take your breath away.

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