Satyajit Ray's debut Pather Panchali - the first in the APU Trilogy!
Jul 27 to Jul 30
Monday to Thursday 3:00, 8:00
Dir. Satyajit Ray - 1955 - 125m - India - In Bengali with English subtitles
RESTORED & NEWLY RE-RELEASED!
The release in 1955 of Satyajit Ray’s debut, Pather Panchali, introduced to the world an eloquent and important new cinematic voice. A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him: his independent older sister, Durga; his harried mother, Sarbajaya, who, with her husband often away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly “auntie,“ Indir—vivid, multifaceted characters all. With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery, the Cannes-awarded Pather Panchali is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power.
“NEVER HAVING SEEN A SATYAJIT RAY FILM IS LIKE NEVER HAVING SEEN THE SUN OR THE MOON.” — AKIRA KUROSAWA
Two decades after its original negatives were burned in a fire, Satyajit Ray’s breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new 4K restoration. The Apu Trilogy brought India into the golden age of international art-house film, following 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. These delicate masterworks—Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)—based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, were shot over the course of five years, and each stands on its own as a tender, visually radiant journey. They are among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made—essential works for any film lover.
Satyajit Ray's second in the APU Trilogy - Aparajito
Jul 27 to Jul 30
Monday to Thursday 5:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Satyajit Ray - 1956 - 109m - India - In Bengali with English subtitles - No Matinees
RESTORED & NEWLY RE-RELEASED!
Satyajit Ray had not planned to make a sequel to Pather Panchali, but after the film’s international success, he decided to continue Apu’s narrative. Aparajito picks up where the first film leaves off, with Apu and his family having moved away from the country to live in the bustling holy city of Varanasi (then known as Benares). As Apu progresses from wide-eyed child to intellectually curious teenager, eventually studying in Kolkata, we witness his academic and moral education, as well as the growing complexity of his relationship with his mother. This tenderly expressive, often heart-wrenching film, which won three top prizes at the Venice Film Festival, including the Golden Lion, not only extends but also spiritually deepens the tale of Apu.
AWARDS: Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival, 1957 / FIPRESCI Prize, Venice Film Festival, 1957 / New Cinema Award, Venice Film Festival, 1957 / Best director, San Francisco International Film Festival, 1958
"THE MOST IMPORTANT REVIVAL OF THE YEAR! Go to worship the near-religious restoration and lose yourself in three very different masterpieces." – David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"ALL THE EXPLOSIONS OF A BLOCKBUSTER, BUT THEY DETONATE IN THE HEART. If you've never seen an Indian film, clear out your schedule pronto. Wonderstruck and attuned to the smallest details.... Ray's trilogy is quiet and concentrated. THESE FILMS WILL LIFT YOU UP." – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"THE BEST BINGE-VIEWING EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR! Ray's Apu Trilogy remains singular and unique – one of the great achievements of film history." – Shelley Farmer, Indiewire
"A gift to movie lovers.... In the scrupulous restoration, the ravishing beauty of Ray's vision shines through." – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"What makes it almost unparalleled in cinema is its fusion of poignancy, humor and poetry.... It concerns a poor boy growing up in India nearly a century ago – and yet, miraculously, it concerns us all." – Andrew Robinson, New York Times
"MOVIES DON'T GET ANY MORE SOUL-STIRRING THAN THE FILMS IN THE APU TRILOGY." – Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"RAVISHING! ... Ray makes us feel the magic of feathery reeds in the sunlight, the terrible beauty of a monsoon deluge hitting dirty stone streets, the exultation of love, and the inescapability of loss." – John Powers, Vogue
"THE GREATEST EXTENDED ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIE HISTORY." – Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED AS A SUMMIT OF WORLD CINEMA." – James Quandt, ArtForum