Two: A Film Fable is a 1964, black-and-white short film directed by the Indian director Satyajit Ray. The film was made under the banner of Esso World Theater at the request of a non-profit American public broadcasting television, PBS. It was made as part of a trilogy of short films from India. The other two films in the trilogy featured Indian Sitar player, Pandit Ravi Shankar and a Ballet troupe from Mumbai, then known as "Bombay". Ray, who worked prominently for Bengali cinema, was requested to make a film in English language with a Bengali setting, however Ray being an admirer of silent film decided to make a film without any dialogue as a tribute to the genre.
The film begins with a rich kid (Ravi Kiran) shown to be playing with his toys and enjoying the bottled soft drink possibly symbolising the imperialist capitalist First World. While playing, he overhears a sound and curiously overlooks the window to see a slum kid playing a flute, possibly symbolising the exploited Third World. In order to show his toys, the rich kid takes out his toy trumpet to make loud sounds.The street kid then goes back to his hut and returns playing a small drum to which rich kid shows his battery-powered monkey drummer toy. When the street kid comes out home-made mask and bow and arrow, rich kid wears various masks including one of a demon , native American and Cowboy brandishing swords , spears and guns. Disappointed , the street kid returns to his hut and the rich kid also goes back to play with his toys with a sense of sadistic satisfaction.
|keywords||bow and arrow fly kite flying manja native american rich kid slingshot soft drink string third world vietnam war|
|producer||Esso World Theater|
|publisher||Esso World Theater|
|theme||short silent war|