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Jalsaghar (The Music Room) Reviews

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Josh Larsen
February 19, 2015
...a mid-century ode to a man whose time has passed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 8, 2011
This production is an extraordinary mixture of distinctive Bengali culture and universal themes of emotional loss.
| Original Score: 5/5
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
August 17, 2011
It's a full-on Shakespearean tragedy that manages to be both critical of and sympathetic to its main character.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.4/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 7, 2011
A remarkable film.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
August 3, 2011
[Satyajit Ray's] most accomplished film up that time and many critics still hold it as the director's masterpiece.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 28, 2011
both a nuanced psychological portrait of an aristocrat in decline and a showcase for India's best musical talent
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 26, 2011
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 19, 2011
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.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
July 5, 2011
Moving look at the power of music, shot with a rich visual style.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 4, 2006
Like a lotus flower, Satyajit Ray's Jalsagbar (The Music Room) gently reveals its enigmatic central character
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Slow, rapt and hypnotic, it is -- given some appreciation of Indian music -- a remarkable experience.
Emanuel Levy
June 18, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
For all its exotic stimulations, it is an exceedingly simple, moving film, expressing a human dilemma that should be comprehensible to all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
March 31, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 94/100

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
A fine example of Ray's directorial mastery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Nelson
Nashville Scene
January 1, 2000
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.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A wonderful tale of pride and the fools it makes of men.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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