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Parash Pathar (Paras-Pathar) (1958)

Parash Pathar (Paras-Pathar)

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Better known as The Philosopher's Stone, Parash Pathar was Satyajit Ray's immediate follow-up to his celebrated Aparajito. The film bears the heavy (but never oppressive) influence of Ray's idol, French filmmaker Jean Renoir. Tulsi Chakravetry plays Parresh Dutt, an elderly clerk who comes into possession of a stone that can turn the humblest mineral into gold. Attaining vast wealth overnight, Dutt finds that he is still persona non grata in High Society. Taking revenge on his "betters," he uses his wonderful stone to destroy the economy. Realizing the damage that he's done, the clerk sacrifices himself to set things right again. When first shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1958, Parash Pathar was greeted with amused indifference; critics and viewers alike preferred the profundity of Ray's "Apu" trilogy to this modest little fable. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
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On DVD: May 12, 2009
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L.B.Films International

Cast

Tulshi Chakraborty
as Paresh Chandra Dutta
Ganga Pada Basu
as Kachalu (Businessman...
Chhabi Biswas
as Guest at Cocktail Pa...
Kali Bannerjee
as Priyotosh Henry Bisw...
Pahadi Sanyal
as Guest at Cocktail Pa...
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Coming from Ray during a period when he was doing the Apu trilogy and Jalsaghar, this is a bit of a letdown. It's a modern fable with elements of magic realism, as a just-laid-off bank clerk finds a stone than turns iron into gold. Even though the movie is very simple, it's pleasant to watch and has a few moments of elegance. The Shankar score is nice, too. I didn't care for the humor, though. It isn't as grating as Indian comedies usually are, but it still isn't that funny most of the time

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