mardi 13 septembre 2011

Goddess (1960) - Satyajit Ray

La Déesse (Devi) est un film indien de Satyajit Ray réalisé en 1960.
Doyamorjee est la jeune bru d’un noble du Bengale, Kalindar. Après un rêve il voit en elle la réincarnation de la déesse Kali et, malgré les réticences de son fils, lui voue une vénération démesurée. Devenue objet de culte, la jeune fille est astreinte à une vie religieuse. Jusqu’à ce que la destinée reprenne ses droits.

Dayamayee (Sharmila Tagore) is happily married to Umaprasad (Soumitra Chatterjee - The World of Apu), the son of an upper-class family in 19th Century Bengal. This changes when a vision convinces her father-in-law (Chabbi Biswas) that she is the Goddess Kali returned to earth. He coaxes Dayamayee to fulfill her role as a living deity and transforms the house into a temple for her worship. The new Goddess is soon visited by the poor and sick from across the land. Shaken by their suffering, she performs her divine duty out of human compassion. But inevitably her plight as a woman made Goddess wears her down; the incense burnt as offering makes her suffocate and takes hold of her sanity.

Satyajit Ray's keen vision and lyrical approach to narrative makes Goddess a deeply enigmatic film, simultaneously uncertain and curious in the face of the supernatural. In its initial release, the film raised the ire of religious leaders across India. Despite the controversy, it won the President's Gold Medal. It also received a nomination for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, six years after Pather Panchali received a special award at the same festival, cementing Ray's international repute.

Bears all the hallmarks of Ray's best work: gracefulness, exquisite pacing and composition, love for his characters and a deep regard for the power of silence to tell a story -- San Francisco Chronicle

Ray's study of the destructive power of superstition is typically compassionate...Intelligent and moving -- Total Film

Goddess (1960) - Satyajit Ray - Clip 1

Goddess (1960) - Satyajit Ray - Clip 2

Goddess (1960) - Satyajit Ray - Clip 3

In this scene Doyamoyee (Sharmila Tagore) slowly begins to believe she's the reincarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali. The people of the rural Bengal village come to her for healing as a man sings a devotional prayer about her.

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