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Travails with the Alien By Satyajit Ray

Travails with the Alien

Travails with the Alien The Film That Was Never Made and Other Adventures with Science Fiction, written by the greatest film-makers of all times, Satyajit Ray. Just have a look at brief of the book content from here and get it from the end of this post. The book is also ready to be released this month and available for pre-order.

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Travails with the Alien The Film That Was Never Made and Other Adventures with Science Fiction

By Satyajit Ray

Brief of The Book…

Satyajit Ray was a perfectionist at writing science fiction. Inspired by the stories of Professor Shonku 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 this kind film to be made in India. It was called The Alien and was based on his own short story “Bonkubabur Bandhu”. 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 reached to play a leading 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. 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.

About The Author

Satyajit Ray is one of the greatest film-makers of all times (1921-92). The first film by him Pather Panchali won an award at the Cannes Film Festival. Ray is the only Indian to receive the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1992.

He was also a prolific writer of fiction, non-fiction, and a designer, calligrapher, editor, and music director.

Important Note

In the book Travails with the Alien The Film That Was Never Made and Other Adventures with Science Fiction, Satyajit Ray tell a true story of some happening of his own life. That how he was once cheated by a false promise.

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