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The Adversary (Pratidwandi) (Siddharta and the City) (1972)

The Adversary (Pratidwandi) (Siddharta and the City)




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The Adversary stars Dhritiman Chatterjee as an Indian university student. Upon the death of his father, Chatterjee is compelled to drop out of school and support his family by taking a series of "grunt" jobs. Surrounded for the first time in his life by the squalor and poverty of Calcutta, the student grows increasingly embittered over his reduced circumstances. Director Satyajit Ray cannot completely obscure his eye for pictorial beauty even in this tragic tale of dashed hopes. Originally released in 1971 as Pratidwandi, The Adversary has been distributed to English-speaking countries under the alternate title Siddharta and the City. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Nov 20, 2007


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Critic Reviews for The Adversary (Pratidwandi) (Siddharta and the City)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

The Adversary moves so quietly, with such seeming politeness to jaded film senses, that it takes a while to realize that for all its somberness it's a particularly moving comedy.

Full Review… | October 24, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Ray's incredible warmth and superbly understated visual style can charm even those (like me) who don't find his films particularly compelling.

Full Review… | October 24, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Beautifully observed political film of disenfranchisement.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An often powerful story from Satyajit Ray.

Full Review… | August 29, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Once you get to grips with the frustration and determination of the film's hero, the points Ray is making about society become increasingly accessible. It's a major piece of work.

Full Review… | March 4, 2006

India's finest director clearly relates to his protagonist: a thinking man well aware of his political surroundings, but never to the point of sacrificing his artistic vision.

Full Review… | February 28, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Adversary (Pratidwandi) (Siddharta and the City)

The first film in Ray's Calcutta Trilogy, about a young trying to cope in a city with Political unrest.
This is an overlooked classic by Ray, and one of my favourite's of his so far. The techniques used such as negative images, jump cuts and some brilliant dream sequences make it very similar to French new wave.

Emily B.

Super Reviewer

Perhaps the most "European" of Ray's movies, with a looser narrative, quick little flashbacks and fantasies, and sequences in negative. And these are the most internationally aware of Ray's characters -- they discuss Vietnam, read Playboy, go to Swedish pornos, study Che Guevara and eat Chinese food (with utensils, even!). There's some great little moments. This movie isn't as moralistic as Seemabaddha or Jana Aranya, but it does have a striking revolutionary spirit to it.

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