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Ray@100 Lecture 4: The Window in Satyajit Ray’s Cinema

July 4, 2020 | By

Silhouette Editor Amitava Nag’s 4th Lecture in the Ray@100 Special Series explores compositional inspirations/ semblances/ correlations of Ray’s frames vis-a-vis that of established artists and the use of ‘Window’ as a device in Ray’s other films.

In his previous lecture Silhouette editor Amitava Nag discussed about the Desiring Women in Satyajit Ray’s Calcutta Trilogy and focussed primarily on the use of mirror and window in the depiction.

Recalling the Albertian metaphor for painting as an open window, in this lecture Amitava explores some compositional inspirations/semblances/correlations of Ray’s frames vis-a-vis that of established artists. He extends this lecture by expanding the use of ‘Window’ as a device in Ray’s other films, looking into few recurring characteristics and also the different usages leading to differing interpretations.

Even though the ‘Window’ in Ray’s cinema is probably difficult to interpret using the western theories of gaze and voyeurism, yet they do provoke certain interesting tropes – of being a mirror and also a boundary, a symbol of trough in communication and further, as an extension of the human eye.

Don’t Miss the Other Lectures!

Ray@100 Lecture 3: The Desiring Woman in Satyajit Ray’s Cinema

Ray@100 Lecture 2: Glimpses of the City in Satyajit Ray’s Cinema

Ray@100 Lecture 1: Acting in Satyajit Ray’s Cinema

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Amitava Nag is an independent film critic based in Kolkata and editor of Silhouette. His most recent books on cinema are Murmurs: Silent Steals with Soumitra Chatterjee, 16 Frames and Smriti Sattwa o Cinema. His earlier writings include the acclaimed books Satyajit Ray’s Heroes and Heroines published by Rupa and Beyond Apu: 20 Favourite film roles of Soumitra Chatterjee published by Harper Collins India. He also writes poetry and short fiction in Bengali and English – observing life in a platter. He can be reached at
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