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The Lonely Wife (Charulata) [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee
  • Directors: Satyajit Ray
  • Language: Bengali, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug. 2013
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BSX68RM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,946 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Neglected by her ambitious journalist husband, the lonely Charulata befriends his cousin, a sensitive aspiring writer, and almost inevitably their feelings for each other begin to deepen. Adapted from a story by Rabindranath Tagore, Ray considered this sensitively realised drama one of his finest achievements.

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Ray's most personal movie describes the unadulterated love and longing of an intelligent woman for her younger brother-in-law ,while the older husband is pursuing his intellectual passion of running a radical English language newspaper in Calcutta ,Charaluta is left a lonenly wife and woman where she has to confide and share her creative passions with her artistic and poetic brothrer-in-law ,it is diificult to define where this platonic relation crosses the line from admiration to love, but the emotion evolves naturally to blossom into something more than matronly affiliation ,whether there is an element of lust is left for the audience to decide with small trivial domestic details stamped with sensitive symbolic metaphors,but the relationship is a satire on the security and sanctity of the indian marriage, where even any such thought alone can be construed as a blasphemy ,

Charu is adored by her husband who is one of the most respectable aristocrats in the higher social echelons in colonial Calcutta,their political intellectual discussions are just as enthusiastic as their exploration of the intricacies of mozart,ibsen ,literature ,piano and music ,this is a private sacred intimate milieu where a virtuous woman finds herself heeding thoughts which are ambivalent to her breeding ,she spurns herself and almost becomes a stranger to herself ,as if in self-loathing .

The internal psychological strife is beautifully depicted through the reactions of other characters surrounding her ,the daily domestic chores and her observaviotions of the street life from her balcony,which is almost a voyeuristic pleasure .
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Firstly, the actual film, as with all Ray films that are consistently excellent, this is one of his very best!

I own the Artificial Eye DVD version and have also seen this film on at the BFI screens; I must say that the Blu-Ray version presented here is superb. The picture quality, subtitling and sound are a significant improvement on previous versions. Perhaps this version is from the key works of Satayjit Ray being restored over in the US.

Well done to Artificial Eye and great value for money too!
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A sensible and profound film from one of the world greatest directors.
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Love this film so much. Delivered quickly, all in good order :)
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The quality of this recording was not good and the sub-titles were at times not easy to follow as they were displayed too briefly and also were not entirely accurate.
Having said that, it is possible to follow the story very easily as it is straightfoward.
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