Mon 26 2.30pm The Courtyard Hereford

The Cloud-capped Star (U)

Director: Ritwik Ghatak
Starring: Supriya Choudhury,
Anil Chatterjee, Niranjan Ray
India, 1960, 2 hours 2 minutes,
B/W, subtitles.

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Highly acclaimed for its use of sound and expressionist cinematography, The Cloud-capped Star is a melodrama about India's partition that is regarded as Ritwik Ghatak's masterpiece. The film focuses on a displaced family in a refugee colony outside Calcutta. Darkly and very movingly, this film plots how Nita, the eldest daughter, struggles to make ends meet for her family. Mapping the harsh socio-economic conditions accompanying India's partition, The Cloud-capped Star remains a poignant critique of the gender biases in the Indian family that is still relevant today.

"...a searing piece of work, resonant and beautifully structured..."
Time Out

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