Satyajit Ray’s Charulata (The Lonely Wife) is one among the twenty feature films to be presented at Cannes Classics, as part of the Official Selection.
Based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore about a lonely housewife, the film features Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee and Shailen Mukherjee. It won Satyajit Ray a Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlin international film festival in 1965.
Cannes Classics was created in 2004 to present old films and masterpieces from cinematographic history that have been carefully restored. It is also a way to pay tribute to the essential work being down by copyrightholders, film libraries, production companies and national archives throughout the world.
This year’s programme of Cannes Classics is made up of twenty feature-length films and three documentaries.
BOROM SARRET (1963, 20’) by Ousmane Sembène
CHARULATA (CHARLUTA: THE LONELY WIFE) (1964, 1:57) by Satyajit Ray
CLEOPATRA (1963, 4:03) by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
FEDORA (1978, 1:50) by Billy Wilder
GOHA (1957, 1:18) by Jacques Baratier
HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (1959, 1:32) by Alain Resnais
IL DESERTO DEI TARTARI (THE DESERT OF TARTARS) (1976, 2:20) by Valerio Zurlini
LA GRANDE ABBUFFATA (LA GRANDE BOUFFE) (1973, 2h05) by Marco Ferreri
LA REINE MARGOT (1994, 2:39) by Patrice Chéreau
LE JOLI MAI (1963, new 2013 cut: 2:25) by Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme
LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG (THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG) (1964, 1:31) by Jacques Demy
LUCKY LUCIANO (1973, 1:55) by Francesco Rosi
MAYNILA: SA MGA KUKO NG LIWANAG (THE NAIL OF BRIGHTNESS) (1975, 2:04) by Lino Brocka
PLEIN SOLEIL (BLAZING SUN) (1960, 1:55) by René Clément
SANMA NO AJI (AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON) (1962, colour, 2:13) by Yasujir? Ozu
THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ (1974, 2:00) by Ted Kotcheff
THE LAST DETAIL (1973, 1:44) by Hal Ashby
THE LAST EMPEROR 3D (1987, 2h43) by Bernardo Bertolucci
VISIONS OF EIGHT (1973, 1:49) by Youri Ozerov, Milos Forman, Mai Zetterling, Claude Lelouch, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar, John Schlesinger, Kon Ichikawa.
In honour of the 50th anniversary of Cocteau’s death, LA BELLE ET LA BETE by Jean Cocteau (1946, 1:34) as well as OPIUM (2013, 1:15), a musical comedy directed by par Arielle Dombasle, will be shown during a very special evening.
Euzhan Palcy’s film, SIMEON (1992, 1:55) will be screened in honour of the 100th birthday of Aimé Césaire.
TWO DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT CINEMA:
CON LA PATA QUEBRADA (2013, 1:23) by Diego Galán (Spain)
A STORY OF CHILDREN & FILM (2013, 1:40) by Mark Cousins (Great Britain)