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Lincoln Center’s “First Light: Satyajit Ray from the Apu Trilogy to the Calcutta Trilogy” showcases a master. By Keith Uhlich

The raging storm that signals the arrival of Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee), the bohemian object of desire in Satyajit Ray’s Charulata (1964), more or less approximates the blindsiding experience of first exposure to this maestro of cinema. Ray’s place in film history has been assured since 1992 when he accepted an honorary Oscar via satellite from his deathbed, though there was plenty of canonical to-do when this former designer of tea-biscuit wrappers and book jackets debuted with his 1955 film adaptation of the Bengali novel Pather Panchali. The Film Society of Lincoln Center series “First Light” allows the uninitiated to fill…

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  • Apur Sansar
  • Devi
  • The Expedition
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