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Satyajit Ray: A Vision of Cinema

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When writing to his old friend Satyajit Ray on his seventieth birthday, the great Japanese film-maker Akira Kurosawa was reminded of a story that Ray had once told him: ‘It was about a huge tree in India which measures one mile in girth. I wonder why I suddenly recalled that story. Perhaps, it is because I have always felt from the first time I met you that you are the kind of man who is like a huge tree. A great tree in the woods of India.’ Nobody with any knowledge of Ray’s career could disagree with that appraisal.

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