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Rows and Rows of Fences: Ritwik Ghatak on Cinema

Rows and Rows of Fences: Ritwik Ghatak on Cinema
$29.00
Item Code: IDE846
Author: Ritwik Ghatak
Publisher: Seagull Books Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2000
ISBN: 8170461782
Pages: 172 (B & W Illus: 19)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.6"
From the Jacket:

To Satyajit Ray, filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak was 'one of the few truly original talents in the cinema this country has produced.' Ray is full of praise for his 'intensity of feeling', and 'imaginative grasp of the technique of filmmaking', his 'powerful images in an epic style' and his command over the 'all-important aspect of editing'.

Since his untimely death, Ghatak has become a cult figure for followers of serious Indian cinema, the 'enfant terrible' of the avante-garde. In this volume, his writings on cinema include some important pieces previously available only in the original Bengali, as well as the collection of pieces in English previously published by Ritwik Memorial Trust as Cinema and I. Gathered here are musings, reviews, essays, and interviews. Together they offer a fascinating insight into the mind of a unique filmmaker, the significance of whose contribution to the heritage of cinema in India is beyond dispute.

CONTENTS

Prefacevii
Forewordix
My Coming into Cinema1
Film and I3
An Attitude to Life and an Attitude to Art9
What Ails Indian Filmmaking16
Music in Indian Cinema and the Epic Approach21
Bengali Cinema: Literary Influence24
Experimental Cinema 29
Experimental Cinema and I33
Cinema and the Subjective Factor35
Some Thoughts on Ajantrik38
Filmmaking41
Rows and Rows of Fences44
My Films49
The Film I Want to Make on Vietnam53
Two Aspects of Cinema57
Sound in Cinema74
Interviews80
Nazarin97
On Film Reviews: A Letter to the Editor100
A Scenario102
Documentary: The Most Exciting Form of Cinema

104
Appendix
About the Oraons of Chhotanagpur119
A Biographical Profile130
Filmography134
Select Bibliography171

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