The Music Room - Jalsaghar


The Music Room - Jalsaghar

Satyajit RayIndia – 1958

The Music Room shows the end times of a decadent landlord in Bengal and his efforts to maintain his family's reputation even in economically difficult times. The landlord, Biswambhar Roy (Chhabi Biswas), is a just but unworldly man who likes to spend time listening to music and setting up spectacles instead of managing his lands devastated by floods and the Indian government's abolition of the Zamindari system. He is challenged by a simple man who has gained wealth through business, spectacle and musical festivals.

Original Title The Music Room - Jalsaghar
German Title Das Musikzimmer
French Title Le salon de musique
Other Titles La sala da musica - Jalsaghar
Directed by Satyajit Ray
Country India
Available Formats Blu-ray, DCP
Screenplay Tarashankar Banerjee, Satyajit Ray, Santi P. Choudhury
Film Editing Dulal Dutta
Soundtrack Ustad Vilayat Khan, Robin Majumdar
Cinematography Subrata Mitra
Sound Durgadas Mitra
Décors Bansi Chandragupta , Bansi Chandragupta
Production Satyajit Ray
Runtime 100 Min.
Language Bengali, Englisch/d + f + i
Chhabi Biswas Huzur Biswambhar Roy
Sardar Akhtar Begum Akhtar
Gangapada Basu Mahim Ganguli
Kalil Sarkar Ananta
Padma Devi Mahamaya, Roys Frau/femme de Roy
Pinaki Sengupta Khoka, Sohn/fils
Roshan Kumari Krishnabai

Moscow International Film Festival 1959: Best Music

«Ferne Blitze über der Schwemmebene des Padma-Ganges. Wetterleuchten in der Nacht. Musik als Opium des Untergangs, als letztes, berauscht zuckendes Eintauchen in eine schwindende Welt. (…) Selbsttötung mit Musik, ein bengalischer ‹danse macabre›, begleitet vom verzückten Schmerz der Sitar (…) vor einer Zuhörerschaft auf Polstern lagernder, ‹Sherbet› schlürfender, ‹Hookah› schmauchender Gäste. The Music Room, indisches Gegenstück zu Viscontis Il gattopardo. Porträt einer Person und einer Epoche. Realismus auf der Probe zum Extrem: die Schwertklinge zum Äussersten gebogen.» Harry Tomicek, Österreichisches Filmmuseum


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