Monday, December 17, 2007

Parash Pathar (1958)

Parash Pathar by Satyajit Ray is an endearing story of a middle class clerk from Calcutta, who chances upon the philosopher's stone that can turn metal into gold. Greed overrides the fear that usually follows when fairy tales turn real. A rags to riches adventure transpires until fear and folly overtake him - making the philosopher's stone a liability.

May not be one of Ray's best works but watch it only for the way it extricates the comical ex clerk out of his predicament - so characteristic of Ray's refreshingly human touch.

PS: For more information on subtitles, please see Apur Sansar.

[Original pic by poopee shmoopee]