Trying to make up for lost time/major gaps in my film education.
Last week was Satyajit Ray's Mahapurush (The Holy Man), which I find quite droll and focused (it runs just over an hour).
Tonight was Nayak (The Hero)
This is a film very much in conversation with Fellini's 8 1/2 (which I happened to see for the first time recently), but to be honest I felt The Hero flowed a bit better. I liked it quite a bit, though The Holy Man is probably better when you are just looking for a comedy.
Red Norvo and his trio featuring the great Jimmy Wyble on guitar made an appearance in "Screaming Mimi"(1958).
Unfortunately Tal Farlow had left the group by then. There's only one appearance by Tal (dressed as an Indian!) in any movie or visual medium in the 50s. In the movie he just strums rhythm. I'd pay anything for the 1955 short the Norvo Trio made called "Play it Cool".