Jalsaghar (The Music Room)
Jalsaghar (The Music Room) (1958)

Released shortly before his Apu trilogy, this is felt to be one of Satyaijt Ray's finest productions. Based on a novel by Tarashankar Banerjee, it is the story of the decline of the aristocracy--watching as a wealthy man slowly loses… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 1, 1958
DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Ray's social insight is not dimmed by treating his subject in this distant, allegorical manner; if anything it's intensified by the closer focus he's able to train on his characters.

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James Berardinelli

It's a fascinating snapshot of Indian culture in the 1930s, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of an inflated opinion of self-worth.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

Graceful, melancholy, directed with a reserved elegance, The Music Room observes the old-world feudal life of the 1920s fading into irrelevance with both sympathy and disparagement.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Slow, rapt and hypnotic, it is -- given some appreciation of Indian music -- a remarkable experience.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A wonderful tale of pride and the fools it makes of men.

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Josh Larsen

...a mid-century ode to a man whose time has passed.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

For all its exotic stimulations, it is an exceedingly simple, moving film, expressing a human dilemma that should be comprehensible to all.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Newly available on video at last in a high-quality print, it is the story of a man who has been compared to King Lear because of his pride, stubbornness, and the way he loses everything that matters.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

This production is an extraordinary mixture of distinctive Bengali culture and universal themes of emotional loss.

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Carlos Magalh„es
Ray exhibits a complete and enviable control of his camera behind this sumptuous drama that deserves credit even more for its elegant, classic direction and… More
Stella Dallas
a raja in his crumbling palace cares for nothing but music as the world moves on without him. a very touching portrait of a man who loses everything, the most… More
Chris Browning
A look at the end of an era and of one man's fading away from this world and all that he knew and loved. What a universal and real, albeit super sad and… More