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also known as Mahanagar

The Big City1963

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  • 4.4
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THE BIG CITY, the great Satyajit Ray's first portrayal of contemporary life in his native Kolkata, follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati, who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family. With remarkable sensitivity and attention to the details of everyday working-class life, Ray builds a powerful human drama that is at once a hopeful morality tale and a commentary on the identity of the modern Indian woman.

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The Big City takes a long look, quite literally, at a variety of timeless issues around the necessities of income, employment, the impact on her family when a mother takes on a job, how the husband fares in adjusting his expectations and identity issues when he is no longer the breadwinner--just to name a few. In recent times, life on this planet for most people involves the struggle of finding any job, at all, regardless of gender, class, nationality. But it was refreshing to see one other important issue raised in the film: standing up to one's employer over principles and justice...done with a bit of melodrama, yes, but something that in reality isn't people's priority, when maybe it should be. In addition, the viewer will find it cinematically indulgent for its nostalgic window of Kolkota in the 60s--a nice relaxing, enjoyable film.

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The Big City takes a long look, quite literally, at a variety of timeless issues around the necessities of income, employment, the impact on her family when a mother takes on a job, how the husband fares in adjusting his expectations and identity issues when he is no longer the breadwinner--just to name a few. In recent times, life on this planet for most people involves the struggle of finding any job, at all, regardless of gender, class, nationality. But it was refreshing to see one other important issue raised in the film: standing up to one's employer over principles and justice...done with a bit of melodrama, yes, but something that in reality isn't people's priority, when maybe it should be. In addition, the viewer will find it cinematically indulgent for its nostalgic window of Kolkota in the 60s--a nice relaxing, enjoyable film.

2 members like this review