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Letter from the Wife

Streer Patra

Directed by Purnendu Patri
India, 1972


A worthy companion to Ray’s Charulata, the film is based on a short story by Rabindranath Tagore where a young wife goes against her family to save a young girl from the atrocities of the society.

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Letter from the Wife Directed by Purnendu Patri

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  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film Letter from the Wife

    Based on a Tagore story, with Madhabi Mukherjee as a lonely wife in enormous turn-of-the-century manor who writes poetry in secret. And yet this is no shoddy CHARULATA imitation. Less controlled than Ray's masterpiece, but no worse off for it, LETTER is full of startling poetic flights, including a surrealistic animated dream sequence. A film of great beauty, surprising stylistic choices, and emotional resonance.

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