THE ZOO (Satyajit Ray, 1967)

Like The Maltese Falcon, the absorbing, richly entertaining whodunit Chiriyakhana, from the novel by Sharadindu Bandopadhay, begins with a fascinating client: Nisanath Sen (Susil Majumdar, brilliant). In Calcutta, Sen hires python-owning private detective Byomkesh Bakshi (Uttam Kumar, wonderful—best actor, West Bengal Government Prize) to track down both the song “What Do You Know About Love?” […]