This production is an extraordinary mixture of distinctive Bengali culture and universal themes of emotional loss.
| Original Score: 5/5
It's a full-on Shakespearean tragedy that manages to be both critical of and sympathetic to its main character.
| Original Score: 9.4/10
A remarkable film.
| Original Score: A+
[Satyajit Ray's] most accomplished film up that time and many critics still hold it as the director's masterpiece.
both a nuanced psychological portrait of an aristocrat in decline and a showcase for India's best musical talent
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A surprisingly sympathetic elegy for the feudal class, or at least one of its sad representatives...the notion of lost legacy informs the film's distraught last word: 'blood.' [Blu-ray]
Ray's social insight is not dimmed by treating his subject in this distant, allegorical manner; if anything it's intensified by the closer focus he's able to train on his characters.
Moving look at the power of music, shot with a rich visual style.
Like a lotus flower, Satyajit Ray's Jalsagbar (The Music Room) gently reveals its enigmatic central character
| Original Score: A
Slow, rapt and hypnotic, it is -- given some appreciation of Indian music -- a remarkable experience.
| Original Score: 3/5
For all its exotic stimulations, it is an exceedingly simple, moving film, expressing a human dilemma that should be comprehensible to all.
One of my favorite films, The Music Room bathes its viewers in Indian culture while remaining universally accessible with its masterful photography and stunning music.
| Original Score: 94/100
A fine example of Ray's directorial mastery.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
It's a fascinating snapshot of Indian culture in the 1930s, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of an inflated opinion of self-worth.
Newly available on video at last in a high-quality print, it is the story of a man who has been compared to King Lear because of his pride, stubbornness, and the way he loses everything that matters.
| Original Score: 4/4
The director's moody visual style befits his complex look at a character not unlike Orson Welles' Charles Foster Kane--a misanthrope who, despite his wealth of toys, has doomed himself to living arrogantly impoverished and alone.
A wonderful tale of pride and the fools it makes of men.