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The Stranger
(Agantuk)

Screening on Film
Directed by Satyajit Ray.
With Depankar De, Mamata Shakar, Bikram Bannerjee.
India/France, 1991, 35mm, color, 97 min.
Bengali with English subtitles.

His final cinematic testament, Ray’s The Stranger is a humorous but somewhat saddening film that follows the sudden appearance of Manmohan into the lives of an average middle class family in Calcutta. Claiming to be their long lost uncle and reeling with stories of his travels in the West, Manmohan enters the family’s life abruptly, causing a stir which affects each family member in different ways. A wonderful and amusingly biting satire on urban civilization, this film comes as a fascinating endpoint to a brilliant career.

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