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: January 1, 1964
DVD 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

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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Josh Larsen

...captures the tremors of real feeling that lie just below gilded surfaces.

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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.

Tom Milne
Time Out

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

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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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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
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
Antonius Block
This beautiful film from Director Satyajit Ray has a lot of things going for it, the story of repressed passion, of course, but also elements of philosophy and… More
Tom S.
In-laws. Gotta watch out for 'em. They'll get ya.