Direc­tor’s cut

Pasatiempo - - PASA REVIEWSSCREEN GEMS - — Jeff Acker

The films of In­dian direc­tor Satya­jit Ray have the stand­ing among crit­ics of those of Kuro­sawa, Fellini, or Bergman, but in re­cent decades, pre­cious few have seen them. That’s be­cause the 35-mm prints of Ray’s films (in­clud­ing his beloved Apu Tril­ogy of the 1950s) were in piti­ful con­di­tion as the re­sult of care­less han­dling and stor­age. Santa Fe-based film­maker Priyanka Ku­mar’s doc­u­men­tary, The Song of the Lit­tle Road, bears wit­ness to the power and beauty of Ray’s work and the im­por­tance of film preser­va­tion. In­ter­view sub­jects in­clud­ing Martin Scors­ese, Ravi Shankar (who scored Pather Pan­chali and the other Apu films), and film writer Peter Rainer speak elo­quently amid mon­tages of still pho­tos, while lengthy clips from Ray’s oeu­vre of­fer tan­ta­liz­ing im­mer­sion into the worlds of his char­ac­ters. The doc­u­men­tary, in English and Ben­gali with sub­ti­tles, screens at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, on Fri­day, May 29, and Satur­day, May 30, at 4 p.m.

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