It’s always hard to find videos where directors go into excruciating detail regarding their filmmaking choices, but here’s a gem of a video (old) about the great Satyajit Ray, arguably the finest filmmaker India has ever produced.
It’s pretty long, and covers interviews spanning many decades. It’s fascinating how his viewpoint changes (or doesn’t change!) over the course of his life.
What kind of gems do you get? Here’s a list of topics he covers:
- Why he and his cinematographer had to invent bounce lighting for Aparijito, and why it wasn’t required for Pather Panchali.
- Why he was mostly restricted to 50mm and 75mm lenses for Pather Panchali.
- Why he switched over to zoom lenses from prime (called block lenses in India) lenses, and how he uses them.
- Why he stopped working with virtuoso musicians and started composing his own music.
- His relation with Jean Renoir, and what he learnt from him.
- His love for the photographs of Henry Cartier Bresson, and how that inspired the visuals of Pather Panchali.
- His idea of cinema, and why 12 Angry Men is a fine example of it.
Enjoy (embedding disabled):