Charulata
Charulata (1964)

This film by Satyajit Ray, India's most renowned filmmaker, tells the story of Charu (Madhabi Mukherjee), a woman in late 19th-century Calcutta. She is neglected by her busy husband, Bhupati (Shailen Mukherjee), a politically active… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 6, 2007
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Film masterpieces, like our heart's desire, shouldn't elude us forever; Charulata is an experience every movie-lover should share.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Possibly more relaxed and leisurely than most Satyajit Ray films, Charulata nevertheless has a graciousness and dignity which impart an added sincerity to the simple, yet thoroughly acceptable story.

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

An exquisitely traced drama of repressed desire, set in 1880 and shot in glowing, graphic black and white.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Ray recognizes the paradox that reformers are insulated from the people for whom they toil, but the movie is too stately and attenuated.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Certainly one of Ray's best films, with a superb music score of his own composition.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

Beneath the straightened 19th- century values and Mukherjee's deft, delicate performance lies a drama that's fit to burst with political and colonial discourse, class, proto-feminist values, music, poetry and, most of all, love. All life is here.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

You shouldn't miss this.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

To put it baldly, as the Ray camera could never do, the picture is an artistic masterpiece, impeccably performed, but diluted in impact and power by a stately, inchworm pace that accentuates a plot as old and familiar as the hills.

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Jake Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald

This sense of urgency is enhanced by the flexible, inventive visual style Ray uses to evoke mixed or shifting feelings.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Like the synopsis says '...the film, based on a popular Indian novel, marks a significant point in Ray's career, as it bears the influence of Western… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Charulata," it is 1879 and Bhupati(Shailen Mukherjee) feels sorry for his beautiful wife, Charulata(Madhabi Mukherjee), since… More
Tom S.
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