Labor Goes to the Movies

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:00pm
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Charulata (Satyajit Ray, India, 1964)

charulata.jpgSet in British India in the 19th century, Charulata, Satyajit Ray’s twelfth feature film, explores the idea of learning through the experiences of Charu, the young, lonely wife of an upper-class Bengali bhadralok whose time is consumed by the highbrow political broadsheet he publishes. When the husband’s younger cousin, a novice essayist fresh out of college, comes to stay at the family mansion, Charu is drawn to him emotionally, their conversations unlocking her path to poetry, literature, and a newfound passion for writing. In Charulata, as in his later Ghare Baire (Home and the World, 1984), Ray explores the power of learning and feminist self-expression as catalysts for the emergence of the modern woman in pre-independence India.

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