Criterion Press Release: Charaluta (DVD)

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    CHARULATA – Blu-ray & DVD Editions
    This film about a woman’s artistic and romantic yearning by Satyajit Ray (The Music Room) is set in late nineteenth-century, pre-independence India. It takes place in the gracious home of a liberal-minded, workaholic newspaper editor and his lonely, stifled wife, Charulata (The Big City’s Madhabi Mukherjee), whose exquisitely composed features mask a burning creativity. When her husband’s poet cousin comes to stay with them, Charulata finds herself both inspired by him to pursue her own writing and dangerously drawn to him physically. Based on a novella by the great Rabindranath Tagore, Charulata is a work of subtle textures, a delicate tale of a marriage in jeopardy and a woman taking the first steps toward establishing her own voice.
    1964 • 118 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Bengali with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
    • New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
    • New interview program with actors Madhabi Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee
    • Adapting Tagore, a new interview program featuring Indian film scholar Moinak Biswas and Bengali literature historian Supriya Chaudhuri
    • Archival audio interview with director Satyajit Ray by film historian Gideon Bachmann
    • New English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp and a 1980s interview with Ray by his biographer Andrew Robinson
    TITLE: Charulata (BLU-RAY EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2299BD
    UPC: 7-15515-10911-6
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-762-3
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 7/23/13
    STREET: 8/20/13
    TITLE: Charulata (DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2300D
    UPC: 7-15515-10921-5
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-763-0
    SRP: $29.95
    PREBOOK: 7/23/13
    STREET: 8/20/13

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