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Marilyn Ferdinand

I have had this disk for yonks but still haven't slipped it in the DVD player. You've provided some very interesting information that will inform my viewing, which will happen very soon thanks to your review.


Terrific review! This is one of my favorite Ray films. I think it is one of the most thematically rich statements on colonialism and class. It is interesting reading this having just re-watched The Apu Trilogy, but Chatterjee's acting is definitely at the forefront of my mind, and he gives yet another brilliant performance. All of the performances are terrific, especially Mukherjee. I also like the spiritual sequel (or remake) The Home and the World, and always pair these two.

Thanks for participating in the Blogathon and fleshing out this beautiful film!


Haven't seen this but very much enjoyed your review, another of many films this blogathon has introduced me to. Thanks for taking part!

Silver Screenings

I'm so glad to learn about this film, and especially glad to see the references you itemized. I usually need to watch a film 2-3 times to pick up on these things, but with your review I can make note of them right away! (Like CliffsNotes – ha ha.)

Judging by the images you posted, this looks like a beautiful film, which is not surprising considering it's Ray at the helm.

Thanks for joining the blogathon!

Katherine Matthews

If there's one thing I love about blogathons, it's the thought that I may have helped one or two more film lovers find a new film to watch and enjoy :-)

And I often give thanks to Ray for giving us both Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore (oh, I'm sure we would have had them in films otherwise, but you know).

As for Ghôre Baire (The Home and the World), yes, it makes a terrific paired watching with Charulata, but it's definitely not a remake. It's from another Rabindranath Tagore novel, and obviously Tagore was exploring themes dear to him, especially in terms of things like Bengali politics (colonialism/independence) and the clash of modernity with traditional values. I think Charulata makes less of all that, though it's there, whereas those ideas come to the forefront in Ghôre Baire. "Spiritual sequel" says it, for sure.

Katherine Matthews

I'm in awe of Subrata Mitra's cinematography. There's a story in a book on the Kapoor family by writer Madhu Jain that Raj Kapoor was in love with Ray's work, and wanted to bring Ray's sensibility to his own films -- and that he plyed Mitra with drink in order to be able to talk to him about the secrets of lighting and composition. And Mitra actually was the cinematographer on one Bollywood film, Teesri Kasam, in which Raj Kapoor was the star. I just love those kinds of tidbits. :-)


I'm sadly ignorant of the world of Indian films, which I should fix. Thanks for a lovely, illuminating portrait.

Anand Sinha

I watched the film today and was mesmerized. Everything has been said about the file.
I found some of the scenes so emotionally powerful.
When Charu bangs the magazine on Amal's head- he appreciating her work, the scene ending with she crying on his shoulders, saying "I will not write". One of the most romantic scenes in a way...
And the slowly moving close- up shots of the actors- wonderful...

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