Dir. Satyajit Ray (1960).
Ray’s masterful follow-up to his epochal “Apu Trilogy” is something like a neo-realist Chekhovian Indian musical-a sui generis account of an old Bengali aristocrat’s voluptuous decline.
“The day that federal troops rode into Galveston with orders to release those kept as slaves has been celebrated, in Texas and beyond, for 127 years, as Emancipation Day, as Jubilation Day, as Juneteenth.”
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