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Charulata

Directed by Satyajit Ray
1964
India
119 minutes
G
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Considered by many to be his greatest film, Ray’s romantic drama follows a wealthy but lonely housewife who falls for her husband’s cousin in Victorian-era Kolkata.
Exquisite performances by frequent Ray collaborators Madhabi Mukherjee and Sumitra Chatterjee lie at the heart of this sublime film based on a novel by Rabindrinath Tagore. With her keen intellect and untapped literary talent, Charu is bored and restless in her gilded cage. Her concerned husband Bhupati (Sailen Mukherjee), a busy newspaper publisher, suggests that his capricious young cousin Amal, an aspiring writer himself, keep her company. The unexpected romance that results is as profound as it is restrained. Charulata’s beautiful simplicity is masterfully offset by complex themes and visual design. Ray considered it his most perfect work. David Stratton calls it his favourite film of all time.
It is conceivable that Charulata will, in the longer term, find its niche in a list of the 20 best films ever made... it is Ray’s most allusive, fully realised film; the one which, if pressed, he chose as his best.
Andrew Robinson, The Inner Eye, 1989.
I have a feeling that the really crucial moments in a film should be wordless.
Satyajit Ray on Charulata
Arranging every single camera frame to convey nuance, mood or tension, Mr. Ray has photographically embroidered a steady flow of quiet images with precise, striking acuity.
Howard Thompson, New York Times

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Thu 16 Jun
6:15pm
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 3
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Program Strand
Ray Retrospective
Original Title
Charulata
Year
1964
Classification
G
Country
India
Language
In Bengali with English subtitles
Director
Satyajit Ray
Producer
R. D. Bansal
Cast
Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee
Screenwriter
Satyajit Ray
Cinematographer
Subrata Mitra
Editor
Dulal Dutta
Genre
Cinephile, Retrospective, Indian subcontinent
Company Credits
Print Source, Rights Holder: RDB Entertainment
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