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.
Slow, rapt and hypnotic, it is -- given some appreciation of Indian music -- a remarkable experience.
For all its exotic stimulations, it is an exceedingly simple, moving film, expressing a human dilemma that should be comprehensible to all.
| Original Score: 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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A wonderful tale of pride and the fools it makes of men.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.