India 1974 119 min., Bengali with Engl. subtitles Art cinema
Ghatak's last film featured himself as the drunken and spent intellectual Neelkantha who undertakes a picaresque journey through Bengal in a bid to reconcile his estranged wife. Ghatak weaves different styles and images together, ranging from gross calendar art, kitsch popular film romance, an abstract, modernist dance of death, an elaborate Chhou performance, leader footage, a baul song. The effort is to engage in a critical discourse of the contemporary layered through a series of vantage points and historical and cultural materials.