Satyajit Ray

The Stranger

The Stranger

Satyajit Ray’s valedictory film is a multifaceted character study that contains both humor and melancholy rumination. Based on the filmmaker’s own story, The Stranger involves a bourgeois couple who are taken off guard when a man claiming to be the wife’s long-lost uncle sends word that he will be coming to stay with them after years of travel. Though they fear he’s an impostor, they tentatively let the man into their home, commencing an eye-opening emotional journey for the family. A humanist exploration of class, faith, and tradition versus progress, The Stranger is a bittersweet good-bye from one of the world’s most important filmmakers.

Film Info

  • France, India
  • 1991
  • 120 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Bengali

Available In

Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray

Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray

DVD Box Set

3 Discs


The Stranger
Utpal Dutt
Manomohan Mitra
Mamata Shankar
Anila Bose
Dipankar Dey
Sudhindra Bose
Rabi Ghosh
Ranjan Rakshit
Subrata Chatterjee
Chhanda Rakshit
Dhritiman Chatterjee
Prithwish Sengupta, the lawyer
Bikram Bhattacharya
Promod Ganguli
Tridib Mukherjee
Ajit Bannerjee
Sital Sarkar
Satyajit Ray
National Film Development Corporation of India
Satyajit Ray
Based on the short story “Atithi” by
Satyajit Ray
Barun Raha
Dulal Dutta
Art direction
Ashoke Bose
Satyajit Ray


Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray
Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray

Satyajit Ray was ailing when he made them, but these three works from the great filmmaker’s final years show an artist at the height of his powers.

By Michael Koresky

A Tour of the Taj With Satyajit Ray


A Tour of the Taj With Satyajit Ray

The author’s encounters with the great Indian filmmaker.

By Peter Cowie