Previously at the ICA - Films
29 Aug 2014 – 2 Sep 2014
★★★★★ 'Extraordinarily vivid and fresh. A vitamin boost for the mind and heart.' Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
★★★★★ 'Truly timeless.' Little White Lies
Now regarded as a pivotal work because of its early western influences – perhaps most obviously Brief Encounter – Satyajit Ray’s Charulata is in fact an age-old story, but told with the meticulous care for emotional nuance that marked him as India’s greatest post-war director.
Madhabi Mukherjee plays the quietly beautiful Charu, ignored wife of industrious newspaper publisher Bhupati (Shailen Mukherjee). Partly out of sheer boredom, Charu falls for her husband’s younger brother Amal (Chatterjee) when he returns home after leaving college. This being the late nineteenth century, feelings are only cautiously acknowledged. But Ray’s talent for imbuing every shot with meaning, however slight, rewards the viewer with a clear understanding of what’s at stake for all concerned – even for Bhupati and his overriding obsession with work. Simply a masterpiece.
A new BFI restoration to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Charulata, dir. Satyajit Ray, India 1964, 119 mins, Bengali with English subtitles, cert. U
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