(Satyajit Ray, India 1963, 133 minutes, B&W, subtitles)
Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest directors of world cinema, set this groundbreaking social satire about the changing roles of women in Indian society in his native city, bustling Calcutta. When Arati, a young middle class wife, takes a sales job in order to support her family, she is met with disapproval from her conservative father-in-law and suspicion from her husband. As her natural charm and intelligence bring her success, she grows in confidence and develops a wider sense of the world. Told with humour and humanity, containing themes of female emancipation, racism and class divide, this masterpiece of realism stands the test of time.