March 21: Charulata

Thursday, March 21 2019 | 8PM Charulata aka The Lonely Wife India 1964 d. Satyajit Ray with Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Sailen Mukherjee and Syamal Ghosal. In Bengali with English subtitles. Black and white. 117 m

“Ray made many movies…but none, in the opinion of many, is greater than 1964’s Charulata, which Ray himself regarded as his finest achievement….When Ray was on peak form, as he was with Charulata, he effortlessly transcends categorisation; words like ‘realist’, ‘humanist’ and ‘miniaturist’ fall pitifully short of describing what he was capable of. My suggestion is to keep it simple and short: ‘artist’ is far more accurate – just as long as it’s remembered that he created art of the very highest order.” Geoff Andrew

Links: IMDB Wikipedia

See Also: Subarnarekha (Ghatak, 1965), Kapurush aka The Coward (Ray, 1965), Jatugriha (Sinha, 1964)