THE APU TRILOGY
SUNDAYS | JULY 19, JULY 26 & AUGUST 2
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“Never having seen a Satyajit Ray film is like never having seen the sun and the moon.”
– Akira Kurosawa
The films in “The Apu Trilogy” brought India into the golden age of international art-house film and thrust Satyajit Ray to the pantheon of world filmmakers. Based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, the three movies (each an independent story not dependent on the others) follow one indelible character, a free-spirited child in rural Bengal, who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. All are essential works for any film lover.
Just before his death at 70 in 1992, Satyajit Ray received an Academy Award for lifetime achievement. In 1993 the original negatives were damaged in a fire, and these visually radiant re-releases reflect extensive digital restoration by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
(SONG OF THE LITTLE ROAD)
Satyajit Ray’s debut feature, inspired by DeSica’s Bicycle Thieves, is a naturalistic yet poetic depiction of rural Bengali life that introduces us to little Apu (Subir Banerjee) and the women who will help shape him. The film’s resplendent cinematography is informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery. In Bengali with English subtitles. Music: Ravi Shankar. Camera: Subrata Mitra. Writer/Director: Satyajit Ray. (India 1955) 125 min.
Sunday, July 19 • 4:15 & 7:00
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Although Satyajit Ray had not intended to make a sequel to Pather Panchali, its success inspired him to continue Apu’s story. Now living in the holy city of Varanasi (then known as Benares), Apu progresses from wide-eyed child to intellectually curious teenager, eventually studying in Kolkata. Aparajito won the Golden Lion at the 1957 Venice Film Festival, and Ray was named Best Director at the 1958 San Francisco International Film Festival. In Bengali with English subtitles. Music: Ravi Shankar. Camera: Subrata Mitra. Writer/Producer/Director: Satyajit Ray. (India 1956) 109 min.
Sunday, July 26 • 4:30 & 7:00
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(THE WORLD OF APU)
Long known by its English title, The World of Apu, the breathtaking conclusion to Satyajit Ray’s trilogy finds Apu out of college and hoping to live as a writer. The film charts his romantic awakening and his eventual, fraught fatherhood, and Ray’s attractive stars, Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore, were to be regulars in his subsequent films. In Bengali with English subtitles. Music: Ravi Shankar. Camera: Subrata Mitra. Writer/Producer/Director: Satyajit Ray. (India 1959) 105 min.
Sunday, August 2 • 4:30 & 7:00
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