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Jalsaghar - The Music Room
Jalsaghar - The Music Room
Actors: Chhabi Biswas, Kali Sarkar
Director: Satyajit Ray
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
2003     1hr 40min


Movie Details

Actors: Chhabi Biswas, Kali Sarkar
Director: Satyajit Ray
Creator: Angel Video
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals
Studio: Angel Video
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 02/02/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
Languages: Bengali

Movie Reviews

Decay of home, decay of life
Rizzo | Denver, CO | 06/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although I have not viewed the DVD yet, I will update as to any special features, but I am sharing you my review from VHS.

If you have not been introduced to the cinematic world of Satyajit Ray, this 1958 may not be your best film to start out. Instead, try his last movie 1991, Agantuk, (The Stranger) or begin with the world classic mid 50's Apu Trilogy. The Music Room features lengthy Indian music and singing that may be difficult to endure, but it is essential to listen, because it is the essence of the film, the love of music.

Jalsaghar (The Music Room) takes place in the 30's in a huge deteriorating palace as the soil slowly erodes too. The theme is a contrast between decadence and wealth. All he has now is two loyal servants, a few gold coins, a horse, and an elephant. As the movie opens, we are in the present time, when Biswambhar Roy, a feudal landlord is depressed, he has lost his wife and son and his love for the grand music room, where he entertained traditional concerts, drinking, and dancing.

Biswambhar Roy is annoyed by the lights going off from his neighbor's new generator. The neighbor is wealthy and he is modernizing, while Roy is not. Soon, we are taken into flashback where evidence shows he was already beginning to lose wealth, but he said he would spend his last on his love of music.

His wife and son have gone to visit family, and in preparation of another concert in the music room, upon return, he learns they are dead from a whirlpool accident. Now begins the death of the cherished music room.

Satyajit Ray is one of the world's greatest directors, he writes, produces, and directs. He is also a short story writer, and was a graphic artist. He is multi-talented and uses motifs, symbolism, themes, imagery, wide landscape shots. The mirrors, chandeliers, lights, and candles represent wealth and life. You will see an enormous views, especially one that depicts the size of the decaying palace. See how Ray sets the mood and slowly pans the dying, cold, deteriorating music room that was once had musical life. Ray's films offer great insight into human relationships, cultural life, hardships and triumph.

If you have seen Ray's films, you may be aware of the unique faces of his characters. He has said, he chooses people with interesting faces, and it is true with one of his bearded singers. He also doesn't focus on heavy dialogue as he once said that peak moments of a film should be wordless.

Enjoy this wonderful classic and don't see it while sleepy!! Satyajit Ray's movies are exceptional! As another great director, Kurosawa, said, " Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon."