The Curious Case of "The Alien": Satyajit Ray vs. Steven Spielberg

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In the simple, yet informative introduction to his own collection of Stories, Satyajit Ray had explained his own predicament of becoming a storyteller. Though the primary interest was nostalgic - to revive his grandfather Upendrakishore Ray's journal Sandesh, which had died a premature death with Sukumar Ray, his father - Ray also mentions his "special fascination" for "straightforward tales as well as tales of the fantastic and supernatural”

Keywords: Satyajit Ray; Steven Spielberg; Stories; The Alien; fantasy; nostalgia

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Calcutta

Publication date: March 1, 1999

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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