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Charulata

Satyajit Ray

 
Charulata (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • India
  • 1964
  • 119 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Bengali
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  • Spine #669

Satyajit Ray’s exquisite story of a woman’s artistic and romantic yearning takes place in late nineteenth-century, pre-independence India, in the gracious home of a liberal-minded, workaholic newspaper editor and his lonely wife, Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee). When her husband’s poet cousin (Soumitra Chatterjee) comes to stay with them, Charulata finds herself both creatively inspired and dangerously drawn to him. Based on a novella by the great Rabindranath Tagore, Charulata is a work of subtle textures, a delicate tale of a marriage in jeopardy and a woman taking the first steps toward establishing her own voice.

Cast

CharulataMadhabi Mukherjee
Bhupati Shailen Mukherjee
Amal, Bhupati’s cousin Soumitra Chatterjee
Umapada, Charulata’s brother Shyamal Ghosal
Mandakini, Umapada’s wife Gitali Roy
Braja, the attendant Bholanath Koyal
Nishikanta Suku Mukherjee
Sasanka, celebration hostDilip Bose
Motilal, celebration guestSubrata Sen
Joydeb, singer at celebration Nilatpal Dey
Jagannath, moneylender Bankim Ghosh

Credits

DirectorSatyajit Ray
ProducerR. D. Bansal
Based on the original novella The Broken Nest byRabindranath Tagore
MusicSatyajit Ray
ScreenplaySatyajit Ray
CinematographySubrata Mitra
Art directorBansi Chandragupta
EditorDulal Dutta
SoundNripen Paul, Atul Chatterjee and Sujit Sarkar
LightingSatish Haldar
Songs byBaiju Bawra, Joydeb, Nidhubabu, Raja Rammohan Roy, Rabindranath Tagore and Tansen

Disc Features

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview program with actors Madhabi Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee
  • Adapting Tagore, a new interview program featuring Indian film scholar Moinak Biswas and Bengali cultural historian Supriya Chaudhuri
  • Archival audio interview with director Satyajit Ray, conducted by film historian Gideon Bachmann
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp and a 1980s interview with Ray by his biographer Andrew Robinson

    Cover illustration by Satyajit Ray, design by Marian Bantjes

Film Essays

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Charulata: “Calm Without, Fire Within”

By Philip KempAugust 20, 2013

Satyajit Ray’s delicate masterpiece about forbidden love in the late nineteenth century is . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

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Charulata: “Calm Without, Fire Within”

By Philip KempAugust 20, 2013

Satyajit Ray’s delicate masterpiece about forbidden love in the late nineteenth century is . . . Read more »