New Release: The Cloud-Capped Star DVD

Release Date: Sept. 27, 2011
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Facets Multimedia

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Supriya Choudhury dreams of a sweeter life in The Cloud-Capped Star.

Thanks goes out to Facets for bringing the acclaimed 1960 Indian drama The Cloud-Capped Star, about a refugee family barely surviving on the outskirts of Calcutta, to DVD in the U.S. This release marks the foreign film’s U.S. home entertainment debut .

The movie is written and directed by Ritwik Ghataka, who, alongside Satyajit Ray of The Music Room fame, is considered to be one of the great filmmakers of the Indian New Wave.

Like Ghataka, the family in The Cloud Capped Star is a victim of Partition, the legal separation of British India on the basis of religious demographics that led to the creation of the sovereign states of Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. Eldest daughter Nita (Supriya Choudhury) struggles as the family breadwinner, though she longs to marry a young scientist working far away from the poverty and despair of their neighborhood.

Presented in Bengali with English subtitles, the film does not come with any bonus features on the DVD.


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