The Apu Trilogy: The Unvanquished (Aparajito)

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India | 1957 | 109 minutes | Satyajit Ray

In the second part of Satyajit Ray’s heralded trilogy, considered by many to be the greatest of all Indian filmmaking, Apu contends with adolescence, schooling, and the harsh truths of death. A brilliant 4k digital restoration.

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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. The Unvanquished, also known as Aparajito, picks up where the first film left off, with Apu (Pinaki Sengupta) and his family having moved away from the country to live in the bustling holy city of Benares. As Apu progresses from wide-eyed child to intellectually curious teenager (now played by Smaran Ghosal), eventually studying in Kolkata, we watch the formation of a life that grows ever richer in moral and emotional complexity, in regards to both his studies and his relationship with his mother (Karuna Banerjee). 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. A stunning new 4K restoration of this masterpiece of Indian cinema.

Director Biography
Satyajit Ray was a Bengali filmmaker (1921-1992). Known for a humanistic approach to cinema, Ray received an honorary Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1992.

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  • Director: Satyajit Ray
  • Principal Cast: Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Smaran Ghosal
  • Country: India
  • Year: 1957
  • Running Time: 109 minutes
  • Producer: Satyajit Ray
  • Screenplay: Satyajit Ray
  • Cinematographers: Subrata Mitra
  • Editors: Dulal Dutta
  • Music: Pandit Ravi Shankar
  • Awards: Venice 1957 (Golden Lion), San Francisco 1958 (Best Director), National Board of Review 1959 (Top Foreign Films)
  • Filmography: The Stranger (1991), Kingdom of Diamonds (1980), The Chess Players (1977), Days and Nights in the Forest (1969), Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (1968), The Hero (1966), The Lonely Wife (1964), The Big City (1963), The Goddess (1960), The World of Apu (1959), The Music Room (1958), Song of the Little Road (1955)
  • Language: Bengali
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP