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Jana-Araṇya [videorecording]: The Middleman

The Merchant and Ivory Foundation in association with Sony Classics Pictures ; scenario, music and direction by Satyajit Ray
Format
Video; VHS
Summary
A university student, after failing his examinations, drops out of school, looks for a job, and decides to embark on a career in business. He becomes an independent salesperson, paid on commission, much to the great despair of his father, a descendant of a noble caste who thinks engaging in commerce is the ultimate disgrace to the family reputation. As part of his business dealings, the now ex-student discovers the expedient value of corrupt practices. After lengthy hesitation, he agrees to provide a prostitute (none other than the sister of his best friend in school) in order to obtain a contract. He says nothing about all this to his father, who may to some extent only be pretending to be ignorant of what is being concealed from him.
Director
Satyajit Ray
Performers
Pradip Mukherjee, Satya Banerjee, Dipankar Dey, Lily Chakravarty, Aparna Sen, Gautam Chakravarty, Sudesna Das, Utpal Dutta, Rabi Ghosh, Bimal Chatterjee, Arati Banerjee, Padma Devi, Soven Lahiri, Santosh Dutta, Bimal Deb, Ajeya Mukherjee, Kalyan Sen, Alokendu Dey.
Release Date
1975
Run Time
131 min.
Language
Bengali dialogue, English subtitles
Notes
  • Videocassette release of the 1975 motion picture.
  • Title and credits in Devanagari characters; statement of responsibility from English subtitles and cassette label.
  • Based on: Jana-araṇya / Śaṃkara.
Variant Title
Middleman
ISBN
0800185072
Credits
Directing/scenario/music, Satyajit Ray ; photography, Soumendu Roy; art director, Ashoke Bose; editor, Dulal Dutta.
Published
Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Tristar Home Video, c1997.
Publisher no.
24023 Columbia TriStar
Description
1 videocassette (131 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in.
VHS.
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