A wealthy landlord who lives a decadent life with his wife and son. His passion - his wife would call it his addiction - is music, and he spends a great deal of his fortune on concerts held for the locals in his magnificent music room. He feels threatened by his neighbour, a commoner who has attained riches through business dealings. His passion for music and quest for social respect are his undoing, as he sacrifices his family and wealth trying to retain it.
|Release Date||:||October 10, 1958|
|Production Company||:||The Criterion Collection, Arora|
|Director||:||Satyajit Ray, Nityananda Datta, Shailen Dutta, Tapeshwar Prasad|
|Writers||:||Tarashankar Banerjee, Satyajit Ray, Santi P. Choudhury|
|Casts||:||Chhabi Biswas, Padmadevi, Kali Sarkar, Gangapada Basu, Pinaki Sengupta, Sardar Akhtar, Bismillah Khan, Salamat Ali Khan, Waheed Khan, Roshan Kumari, Tulsi Lahiri, Tarapada Nandy|
|Plot Keywords||:||suicide, loss of loved one, servant, country estate, country house, bankrupt, music lover, teacher|
At the time I post this, only 123 people have cast a vote of any kind for The Music Room. What a shame.
Satyajit Ray is one of the greatest directors of all-time and The Music Room is his masterpiece. Correction: The Music Room is a masterpiece of world cinema.
How to describe this movie? In Hollywood lingo, you could call it Citizen Kane meets Black Narcissus with a big dose of King Lear. Of course, if you called it that, they'd shelve the project and spend the money on the sequel to XXX.
Pity poor Biswambhar Roy, a king in a lonely castle. He's lost not only his family but his entire way of life. He is a mistake. A forgotten man waiting in his empty shell of a world.
He spends the last remnants of his once vast fortune on a final, lavish musical performance in his crumbling home, a last-ditch attempt to connect to the pride and joy he once felt in his life.
Not that he is innocent. He is proud and oblivious, spoiled and selfish. But surely not a bad man. Merely a displaced man. So we can cheer as he is granted one last moment of happiness and weep for him as he meets his inevitable end.
How is that Satyajit Ray remains unknown even to many die-hard cineastes in the States? I hope one of the companies will come along soon and release some of his work on DVD.