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WIN! The Criterion Edition of Devi on Blu-ray!

Master filmmaker SATYAJIT RAY (The Apu Trilogy) explores the conflict between fanaticism and free will in Devi (The Goddess), issuing a subversively modern challenge to religious orthodoxy and patriarchal power structures. In the waning days of mid-nineteenth-century India’s feudal system, after his son (Apur Sansar’s SOUMITRA CHATTERJEE) leaves for Kolkata to complete his studies, a wealthy rural landowner (The Music Room’s CHHABI BISWAS) is seized by the notion that his beloved daughter-in-law (The Hero’s hauntingly sad-eyed SHARMILA TAGORE) is the reincarnation of the goddess Kali—a delusion that proves devastating to the young woman and those around her. The opulently stylized compositions and the chiaroscuro lighting by cinematographer Subrata Mitra (Charulata) heighten the entrancing expressionistic intensity of this domestic tragedy, making for an experience that is both sublime and shattering.

INDIA | 1960 |  93 MINUTES | BLACK & WHITE | 1.37:1 |
IN BENGALI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Interviews with actors Sharmila Tagore and Soumitra Chatterjee, recorded in 2013
  • Video essay by film scholar Meheli Sen
  • English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Devika Girish
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