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  • Author:
    Satyajit Ray
  • ISBN:
    0786861223
  • ISBN13:
    978-0786861224
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  • Publisher:
    Hyperion; 1st U.S. ed edition (September 15, 1994)
  • Pages:
    224 pages
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    Performing Arts
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Our Films, Their Films is an anthology of film criticism by noted Bengali filmmaker, composer and writer Satyajit Ray. Collecting articles and personal journal excerpts, it was first published in India in 1976; an English translation was published i. . Collecting articles and personal journal excerpts, it was first published in India in 1976; an English translation was published in The United States and United Kingdom in 1992. Some of articles were previously published in the bulletin of the Calcutta Film Society which Ray co-founded in 1947.

Satyajit Ray: Our Films, Their Films Satyajit Ray (b. 2 May 1921) studied in Presidency College, Calcutta, and then at Santiniketan where he specialized in the Fine Arts. He worked in an advertising agency till the release of his first film, Pather Panchali, in 1955. ray has gone on the make thirty feature films and five major documentaries, and has won practically every major award in the film world. In 1992 he won the Oscar, for a 'lifetime achievement' in films. Satyajit Ray (b.

One such book is Satyajit Ray’s masterly collection of essays on various aspects of the craft of movie making titled Our Films, Their Films . The book was collected long ago but redeemed only recently. For many, Ray is one of India’s greatest film makers. He painstakingly built a great standing for himself at the national level and also has his place among the pantheon of the best and brightest of movie makers internationally. That his was a life completely dedicated to the profession of movie making is evident from the breadth and depth of issues he touches in this book.

Our Films Their Films is about all the major writings of Satyajit Ray on the biggest film makers and films of the world. This book gives the readers an insight into the mind of the film-making genius - Satyajit Ray. The book is actually a complication of all the articles and essays Ray had written for some of the major publications in the world.

This book brings together Satyajit Rays major writings and talks on film makers, and presents them in two sections. This book brings together Satyajit Rays major writings and talks on film makers, and presents them in two sections. Our Films is devoted mainly to his own experiences and contains many interesting anecdotes, but also has observations to offer on trends in Indian films.

Their Films' covers Hollywood, European, Russian and Japanese cinema, including tributes to Charles Chaplin, John Ford and Akira Kurosawa. What unites the two halves is Ray's astonishing - I am always tempted to say "unique" - fusion of Eastern and Western artistic sensibility. Who else but Ray was equally at home, both as a film composer and as a critic, with Indian and Western classical music? Even Ravi Shankar (who worked with Ray, not always happily) agrees

The late Satyajit Ray, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1991, was easily the finest director ever produced by the endlessly prolific Indian film industry. This collection of his occasional writings on Indian and foreign films, published in India in 1976, reflects his humanist concerns.

This book brings together Satyajit Ray's major writings and talks on film making and film makers, and presents them in two sections. 'Our Films' is devoted mainly to his own experiences and contains many interesting anecdotes, but also has observations to offer on trends in Indian films. 'Their Films' deals with some films from abroad that have become landmarks in the history of the cinema from the silent era to the present day.

RUL
The great Bengali filmmaker/writer/composer Satyajit Ray is one of my greatest heroes, so this will not be any kind of an objective review. So be it.

Ray's roots were in - among other things - film criticism; a background he shared with fellow filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and Nagisa Oshima, and he never stopped being fascinated by film - it's potential, the theories surrounding process and technique, and even after launching his own filmmaking career (PATHER PANCHALI - a debut of similar stature to CITIZEN KANE or BREATHLESS) with quite a splash, Ray continued to view other films with both the analytical precision of a scholar, and a fan-like fascination retained from his own childhood and adolescence.

OUR FILMS, THEIR FILMS collects the best of Ray's critical writing (also including some diary excerpts and otherwise uncollected film musings), from the late 1940s until the mid 1960s, and is divided into writings on Indian (OUR FILMS) and international (THEIR FILM) cinema. Ray's enthusiasms and his critiques are both rendered with very sharp, eloquent precision; one will come away from this collection with a very strong impression of an extremely erudite and restless creative mind.

For me, there are many highlights here: Ray's writings on Italian film, starting with neo-realism, which offer a number of insights that depart from current critical consensus; with some of the more well-observed (if concise) commentary on Fellini, Antonioni, DeSica, Visconti and others, I would say that this essay is overdue for rediscovery by current cinephiles.

Ray's writings on Indian new wave are provocative, and one subject I would have liked to see a bit more of his opinions - Ray was central to, but not the only noteworthy figure in Bengali Parallel Cinema, and I'd have liked to see more on this.

The multiple essays on Japanese film are revelatory - Ray's friendship with Akira Kurosawa surfaces, and one can detect a similarity in worldview, in spite of their (seeming) stylistic differences. Ray follows a detailed piece on Kurosawa with another more generalized one on Japanese cinema, and one gets the distinct impresion that it (and certain specific figures: Ozu and Mizoguchi) made a powerful impression upon him in many ways - foremost as another great non-Western cinema that had emerged with distinct theories and techniques of its' own.

And Ray's writing on Jean Renoir, Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock comes alive with the complex joy of cinema, offereing the greatest explanation for why he (or anyone) would want to make films.

-David Alston
Dori
Cinema as exposed to the general mass is mostly couched and is far away from any expression of art. This book exposed one to the finer cinema that one can truly pursue if one is interested. Satyajit Ray is a master himself in this medium and his critique even if not fully comprehensible to the common folk, has the power to open their eyes to an enriching and fulfilling work of cinematic art
Snowskin
It is a classic. It has to be read by all film lovers. His critique of the famous directors of Hollywood was very useful to me.
Thetalen
Provides a deep insight on the working of Satyajit Ray's master mind and genius. I learned about the history of Indian Cinima in context of Hollywood masters.
Very Old Chap
Ray proves in this book(written over a period of twenty years starting from 1948) that he is equally at ease with his pen and he can touch people's mind with his amazing clarity of reasons and a definite mastery over the film medium.
As the name of the book suggests,in the first part ,i.e,in "Our Films", he talks about Indian films and related matters.
The essays here are on different topics ranging from the problems of traditional Indian Cinema to various facets of his work; from his analysis of a few "new wave" films by other contemporary Indian directors to the sights and sounds captured in his diary during the shooting of Aporajito(The Unvanquished)in Benares.
The second part, "Their Films" ,talks mostly about the films of Hollywood,Japan and Italy and Russia.Essays here are more captivating as they portray Ray's meetings with such greats as Renoir and Kurosawa and elaboration on few of their works.
Not to miss are the essays on Hitchcock's biography written by Trauffau,Chaplin's autobiography and a tribute to great John Ford and one on Italian neo-realistic genre.
Ray is completely successful in sharing his love for simple ,realistic, human documentary than craftsmanship in this book.This is a great book-for anybody who appreciates good cinema.
Phenade
Our Films, Their Films is a brilliant chronicle of creative thinking by one of the one of the world's most brilliant playwrights. This book is a must for anyone who questions what creatiity is and how culture affects creativity. Ray's essays are both endearing and quite lucid for the normal person to read and understand. All of Satyajit Ray's stories should find their way back into print. He was a breath of fresh air in the film industry.
ndup
Let me start by saying that this is a must read for those who consider themselves as students of the celluloid.

The book is a collection of essays written by Ray for various Indian and international publications. The accounts Ray presents to us shows the versatile genius that he was. How was a story chosen?, An actor identified? , a scene envisioned? , a location decided?, How was the editing done? All these with the unique challenges of making unconventional, cost effective films in India which are world class.

Ray will let you in for a snapshot of his astute pysche, leave you with a great understanding of the medium and an even greater admiration for his masterpieces.
In love!