Satyajit Ray Beyond Netflix

Ray, a four-episode Netflix anthology debuting tomorrow, June 25, is based on short stories by famed Indian director Satyajit Ray, whose birth centenary is being celebrated this year. The stories range from satire to psychological thriller, according to the streamer.

Viewers inspired by Ray to see any of his classic movies will need to look beyond Netflix, however.

Indeed, it would help tremendously to also have a subscription to HBO Max or The Criterion Channel.

By our count, HBO Max offers 13 Ray films and Criterion 15. Most significantly, both services — as well as free library streamer Kanopy — include Ray’s “Apu Trilogy.” Consisting of Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and The World of Apu (1959), they combine to tell an epic coming-of-age story about a young Bengalese man (Apurba Kumar Roy) in the early 20th century.

The middle film is also available to Amazon Prime subscribers.

Three other acclaimed Ray films — The Music Room (1958), about a Bengalese landlord struggling with changing times; The Big City (1963), about a Calcutta housewife who breaks tradition by getting a job; and Charulata (1964), about a lonely Calcutta wife in the late 19th Century — are also available on Amazon Prime and The Criterion Channel, with The Music Room on Kanopy as well.

Madhabi Mukherjee stars in both The Big City and Charulata:

Ray directed 30 other films during his 36-year career, so there’s a lot more out there to explore.

Here’s a tribute to Ray, including salutes by Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson, that was posted by OneIndia News on the auteur’s 100th birthday May 7:

(Top image: scene from ‘Ray,’ courtesy Netflix)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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