THE APU TRILOGY Returns in Restored 35mm Prints!

The Apu Trilogy

Recently restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project through a collaboration of the Academy Film Archive, the Merchant-Ivory Foundation, and the Film Foundation, the Northwest Film Center welcomes back Ray’s most famous films PATHER PANCHALI (SONG OF THE LITTLE ROAD), APARAJITO (THE UNVANQUISHED), and APUR SANSAR (THE WORLD OF APU), collectively known as The Apu Trilogy. All three films will be presented in newly restored, 35mm prints.

 

PATHER PANCHALI (SONG OF THE LITTLE ROAD)
India 1955
Satyajit Ray’s “The Apu Trilogy”—an adaptation of the semi-autobiographical novel cycle by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee—remains one of cinema’s most heralded works, retaining the affecting power that made it an international sensation when it was released. PATHER PANCHALI depicts a poor Brahmin family struggling to survive in their small Bengali village. The birth of a new child, Apu, marks the beginning of new adventures—and struggles—for the family. A mosaic of village life unfolds as we meet Apu’s dreamy father, fretful mother, and tempestuous older sister. Beautifully balancing the prosaic and poetic, harsh poverty and childhood joy come alive with unsentimental compassion. Voted one of the ten greatest films of all time in Sight and Sound Magazine’s international critics’ poll. With music by the legendary Ravi Shankar. “One of the most stunning first films in movie history.”—Jack Kroll, Newsweek. (119 mins.)

 

APARAJITO (THE UNVANQUISHED)
India 1956
APARAJITO, the second film in “The Apu Trilogy,” continues the story of the Bengali family after they have left for the holy city of Benares on the banks of the Ganges. Faced with the loss of his father and the demands of fast-approaching adulthood, Apu grows from 10 to 17. He trains for the priesthood—the traditional family vocation—but in the end leaves his mother to study in Calcutta, where he finds a new life in “modern India.” “Ray’s magic, the simple poetry of his images and their emotional impact, will always stay with me.”—Martin Scorsese. (110 mins.)

 

 

APUR SANSAR (THE WORLD OF APU)
India 1959
The concluding part of “The Apu Trilogy” deals with Apu’s adulthood and the challenges of living in the city in poverty. Ultimately a love story, the film chronicles his serendipitous marriage, the birth of his son, the tragic disillusionment he faces, and his eventual regeneration through the love of his son. “The great, sad, gentle sweep remains in the mind of the moviegoer as a promise of what film can be.”—Roger Ebert. (105 mins.)

 

 

PATHER PANCHALI screens Wednesday, May 7 at 7pm and Saturday, May 10 at 2pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

APARAJITO screens Thursday, May 8 at 7pm and Saturday, May 10 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

APUR SANSAR screens Saturday, May 10 at 7pm and Sunday, May 11 at 4:45pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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