May 29, 2011


Veteran film historian critic Chidananda Dasgupta passed away recently. The father of actress-director Aparna Sen (and thus grandfather of actress Konkona Sen Sharma), we was an influential figure in the setting up of film societies in India. In particular, the Calcutta Film Society, which he co-founded along with the likes of Satyajit Ray in 1947.

For their first ever screening, they chose a landmark 1925 film, which is made of five chapters. Translated into English, these are called "Men and Maggots", "Drama on the deck", "A Dead Man Calls for Justice", "The Odessa Staircase" and "The Rendezvous with a Squadron".

Which film was this, which documented a significant event in Russian history?

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