The Stranger

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The Stranger
Agantuk | Satyajit Ray, 1991
India | 97 minutes

In this disarming, thoughtful coda to Ray’s career, a forgotten uncle (Utpal Dutt) visits his estranged family after decades of wandering in the West. Skepticism and hospitality vie for precedence in the household, and when a series of friends visit and grill the playfully polemical visitor on his identity and beliefs, the sparring puts questions of civility and civilization front and center. Ray passed away the next year but not before being honored with an Academy Award for lifetime achievement. Print courtesy of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection at the Academy Film Archive.

Series: Long Shadows: The Late Work of Satyajit Ray

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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