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
ReelViews

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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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

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

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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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Phil Hall
Film Threat

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

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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Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

It's a full-on Shakespearean tragedy that manages to be both critical of and sympathetic to its main character.

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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