Satyajit Ray masterpiece gets UK re-release
Everyone has a favourite Satyajit Rai film - but what his own favourite of the films he made? It is believed to be Charulata 'The Lonely Wife' which the visionary Film Director released in 1964. The film has now been digitally restored and re-released for new audiences to enjoy. Set in late 19-century Bengal it boasts a marvellous heroine: Charulata, spellbindingly portrayed by Madhabi Mukherjee who is beautiful, intellectual and dangerously bored. Racing from window to window in her vast, ornate mansion, Charulata spies hungrily on the outside world through opera glasses.
Her wealthy husband, the high-minded editor of a political journal, is too preoccupied with the latest tax legislation and the forthcoming English election (Disraeli v Gladstone) to pay much attention to his wife. Somewhat unwisely, he invites his charming younger cousin Amal, a would-be poet, to keep her company and encourage her literary talent. This is a household of seething, suppressed emotions, subtly revealed by Subrata Mitra’s eloquent camera. A richly atmospheric soundtrack evokes the wider world, while Ray’s wistful score and the romantic songs beloved of Charulata and Amal heighten the sense of longing. Exquisitely adapted from a novella by Rabindranath Tagore, Charulata was described by its director as 'the one film I would make the same way if I had to do it again'. The film is being screened in the UK laster this month and is a rare opportunity to watch this movie masterpiece on the big screen; where it belongs.
Charulata will be screened at the following venues:
London BFI - from August 22
Dublin Irish Film Institute - 22-28 August
Bristol Watershed - 22-28 August