Film

Charulata (The Lonely Wife)

Part of Modern Cinema

Sunday, October 7, 2018
6:30 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

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Satyajit Ray, Charulata (The Lonely Wife), 1964; photo: Janus Films

Charulata, Satyajit Ray’s most nearly flawless film apart from his great Apu trilogy, is a flowing, opulent tale that seems to be lit from inside like a velvet-lined carriage with a lantern in it rocked by a hot monsoon wind. The film carries an exquisite period flavor of the 1870s in Bengal...Charulata is the heroine of the film which was adapted from a Rabindranath Tagore novel. Her husband is a bearded intellectual who runs an anti-British radical newspaper. To keep his bored wife amused, he sends for his young cousin Amal, who encourages her to write. A powerful sexual bond grows between them, though it is never acknowledged openly....Charulata is beautifully written, and sometimes very funny. Along with everything else, the picture is a fascinating fable about the bequest of Empire in India. The film is triumphant in its comprehension of a period.” — Penelope Gilliatt, The New Yorker

Film Details

Country: India
Language: Bengali, English
Year: 1964
Running time: 117 min
Format: 35mm
Director: Satyajit Ray
Screenwriter: Satyajit Ray
Producer: R.D. Bansal
Cinematographer: Subrata Mitra
Editor: Dulal Dutta
Source: Academy Film Archive


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