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Big screen classics

The Big City


Satyajit Ray tells the story of a woman who defies her family in order to earn a living.

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India 1963
Dir Satyajit Ray
With Madhabi Mukherjee, Anil Chatterjee, Haradhan Bannerjee
English subtitles
Certificate PG

In Calcutta during the crash of 1955, a woman takes a job as a saleswoman to help with the financial problems suffered by her husband’s family – who, staunchly conservative, object that she’s shaming them by going out to work. A wry comedy of manners that makes clear, serious points about the links between money, power and independence, it displays Ray’s sensitivity and intelligence throughout.


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