The Lonely Wife (Charluta)

(Satyajit Ray, 1964). One of the great Bengali director's masterpieces, this drama of largely unrecognized sexuality based on a Tagore novel, a Henry Jamesian study of Victorian India set in a moneyed and literate section of the Zamindar class in the 1870s, concerns a neglected wife who flirts with romance on her way to becoming the New Woman. Ray's most Western film—it echoes Ibsen and Chekov.
Fri., April 17, 1:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat., April 18, 8:45 p.m.; Mon., April 20, 3:30 p.m., 2009

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