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Essential Cinema

The Big City | Sat 9 & 10 Aug

Every month we present ‘Essential Cinema’ a screening of a forgotten masterpiece, a new digital restoration, or simply a fantastic film we want everyone to see.

The Big City [Mahanagar] / PG

Sat 9 & Sun 10 Aug - SHOWTIMES & TICKETS
Dir. Satyajit Ray
Cast: Madhabi Mukherjee, Anil Chatterjee
India 1963, 2hrs 13mins, subtitled

As we are screening Charulata at the end of August we present Mahanagar, another film from Satyajit Ray, a key filmmaker in the history of Indian cinema. Restored last year by the BFI, Mahanagar is a warm and witty account of housewife Arati in mid 1950’s Calcutta, who offers to help her struggling husband support his extended family by going to work as a door-to-door saleswoman. As she thrives in her new career, Arati faces opposition from her increasingly insecure husband and conservative father-in-law.