The Air Inside: The Work of Mrinal Sen

The Air Inside: The Work of Mrinal Sen
The series Voice of the Unheard: A Mrinal Sen Retrospective is playing on Mubi in many countries starting September 27, 2021.The Guerilla Fighter (1973)"In the beginning, there were the heaven and the earth and also the stinking malarial swamp."—Mrinal Sen, Always Being Born (2004)Instead of pulling an all-nighter to finish his assignment, Dipu (played by Anjan Dutt)—the ebullient young journalist who, at the start of Mrinal Sen’s dizzying, self-reflexive film, Chaalchitra, begrudgingly agrees to write an “intimate family portrait” about growing up just above the poverty line—becomes frustrated, throws a temper tantrum, and falls into a deep, dream-filled sleep. Sen’s itinerant camera dives into the slithy depths of Dipu’s unconscious, where his editor (whose demand for “salable” copy to “feed the public” leads to Dipu’s spiral) sits alone in a pristine, unpeopled bungalow. Lounging below electric lights, he sucks at a pipe and whirring fans deodorize the air.
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