Charulata / The Lonely Wife (1964) DVD9 Criterion Collection
This film about a woman’s artistic and romantic yearning by Satyajit Ray is set in late nineteenth-century, pre-independence India. It takes place in the gracious home of a liberal-minded, workaholic newspaper editor and his lonely, stifled wife, Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee), whose exquisitely composed features mask a burning creativity. When her husband’s poet cousin comes to stay with them, Charulata finds herself both inspired by him to pursue her own writing and dangerously drawn to him physically. 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.
Based on the novella "The Broken Nest" by one of India’s greatest writers and the Nobel Prize-winning Rabindranath Tagore.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:59:22 | 7.68 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Bengali
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: Satyajit Ray
Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee
Country: India

Extras:
- 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

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