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A.k.a.
The Goddess
Year
1960
Runtime
93 min.
Director
Satyajit Ray
Genre
Drama
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
1,253
Checks
418
Favs
42
Dislikes
1
Favs/checks
10.0% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
42:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    With Devi (The Goddess), Satyajit Ray creates an intriguing exploration of the power of faith, telling the story of a young woman who's life and marriage are turned upside down when her father-in-law decides, after a dream/vision, that she's an incarnation of the goddess Kali. Set at the cross-roads between tradition and modernity, the film takes both points of view. Does Kali work through Daya, or are the so-called miracles she performs have an explanation rooted in scientific fact? Does Kali the Destroyer lack the mercy Daya herself has, or is chance as blind as certain characters' faith. Where does faith end and hubris begin? Sharmila Tagore as Daya is extremely effecting, sweet and tragic, someone you want to watch, utterly sympathetic. Ray uses surreal imagery sparingly to give the story a mystic allure without breaking its realism. Given the music is strong (albeit not as strong as in his first opus Pater Panchali), it's a real shame that background noise in scoreless sections is so warbly. I imagine we're hearing monkey howls and other jungle noises throughout, but it's not clear that's it. Just noise on the tape, or sound design meant to put you on edge? I can't tell, but it makes for a noisier experience than I want it to be. 1 month 3 weeks ago
  2. adgfc's avatar

    adgfc

    Very clever and courageous movie by the master Satyajit Ray. 3 years 3 months ago
  3. Kasparius's avatar

    Kasparius

    Absolutely. 7 years 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #53 in iCM Forum's 500<400
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  2. This movie ranks #59 in National Film Archive of India 125 Great Indian Films
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  3. This movie ranks #234 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  4. This movie ranks #287 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  5. This movie ranks #346 in Doubling the Canon
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  6. This movie ranks #465 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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