Travails with the Alien: The Film That Was Never Made and Other Adventures with Science Fiction
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Travails with the Alien: The Film That Was Never Made and Other Adventures with Science Fiction (English, Paperback, Satyajit Ray)

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Travails with the Alien: The Film That Was Never Made and Other Adventures with Science Fiction  (English, Paperback, Satyajit Ray)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
    • Genre: Performing Arts
    • ISBN: 9789352779154, 9352779150
    • Pages: 224
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    Satyajit Ray was a master of science fiction writing. Through his Professor Shonku stories and other fiction and non-fiction pieces, he explored the genre from various angles. In the 1960s, Ray wrote a screenplay for what would have been the first-of-its-kind sci-fi film to be made in India. It was called The Alien and was based on his own short story "Bonkubabur Bandhu". On being prompted by Arthur C. Clarke, who found the screenplay promising, Ray sent the script to Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, who agreed to back it, and Peter Sellers was approached to play a prominent role. Then started the "Ordeals of the Alien" as Ray calls it, as even after a series of trips to the US, UK and France, the film was never made, and more shockingly, some fifteen years later, Ray watched Steven Spielberg's film Close Encounters of the Third Kind and later E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and realized these bore uncanny resemblances to his script The Alien, including the way the ET was designed! A slice of hitherto undocumented cinema history, Travails with the Alien includes Ray's detailed essay on the project with the full script of The Alien, as well as the original short story on which the screenplay was based. These, presented alongside correspondence between Ray and Peter Sellers, Arthur C. Clarke, Marlon Brando, Hollywood producers who showed interest, and a fascinating essay by the young student at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism who broke the Spielberg story, make this book a rare and compelling read on science fiction, cinema and the art of adaptation.
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    Mind-blowing purchase

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    Superb Book

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    Highly recommended

    Outstanding Book for Satyajit lovers.
    Excellent quality.
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    Ujjwal Dey

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    5

    Must buy!

    A brief documentary of Ray's efforts of making first science fiction movie in the world. A treasure to be preserved for lifetime.
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    Great product

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    One of the best book.
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    Excellent

    Nothing to say,Great job by Sir Pinaki De.
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    Wonderful

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    Wonderful

    One of the best book I have ever purchased... It is a treasure to preserve for the whole life!!!
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    Different class of book.
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    Questions and Answers
    Q:is this is a book of collection of short stories by ray??
    A:No, it is about the script that Ray has written based on extra terrestrials. Also contains Ray's interview about the project of making Hollywood movie on this script.
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