Rent Charulata (1964)

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1h 54min
Rent Charulata (aka The Lonely Wife) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Cited by Ray as one of his best films, this tale of a neglected housewife in Victorian-era Calcutta is adapted from a story by Rabindranath Tagore. Sailen Mukherjee stars as a newspaper journalist who is driven more by professional ambition than the needs of his cultured and intelligent wife Charaulata (Madhabi Mukherjee). Sensing her loneliness, he enlists the help of his cousin Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee), a sensitive would-be writer, to keep her company. Charu and Amal hit it off and, almost inevitably, their feelings for each other begin to deepen...
Actors:
, , , Tarapada Basu, Gopaldas Bhattacharya, , Ramesh Chandra Chandra, Sunilkanta Dasgupta, , Bankim Ghosh, , Ajit Gupta, , , Suku Mukherjee, , Prabhat Sarkar,
Directors:
Producers:
R.D. Bansal
Writers:
Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray
Aka:
The Lonely Wife
Studio:
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Romance
Countries:
India, Classics, Drama, Romance
Awards:

1965 Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Director

BBFC:
Release Date:
17/04/2006
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
Bengali, Hindi
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/08/2013
Run Time:
118 minutes
Languages:
Bengali Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (1) of Charulata

The Eyes Have It! - Charulata review by TE

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03/05/2021

This is a master-class in film direction, full of superb detail but with nothing spare or unconnected to the artful narrative.

Shot in a beautiful, creamy black-and-white, this is a film that comes close to cinematic perfection. The lighting, the acting, the subtleties of the story itself, all combine to produce a wonderfully satisfying work of art.

Not content with simply reproducing the Tagore story, Ray introduces several brilliant flourishes: the opening sequence using the opera-glasses, the scene on the swing in the garden, and the final freeze-frame are just the most obvious examples.

The personal emotions are set within a historical context, but it is the love story that cooks within the crucible of the beautifully styled house that matters most.

And above all else is the non-verbal acting of Madhabi Mukherjee, whose eyes express more in a single shot than most actors can manage in a lifetime (forgive the hyperbole...just watch 'Charulata' and you'll see what I mean!).

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