Cinema: Goddess in the Flesh

Devi follows the triumphant "Apu" trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito, The World of Apu) of India's young producerdirector, Satyajit Ray. If it does not quite measure up to the earlier triumphs, it is probably because the new film lacks the trilogy's earthy excitement. For instead of dealing with the struggles and ordeals of a poor-but-proud lower-class family, Devi moves through the silk and saffron world of a rich household in 19th century India.

The people in Devi (The Goddess) seem almost like temple carvings come to life before Ray's camera. A rich and deeply religious...

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