INDIVIDUAL APU TRILOGY FILM SYNOPSIS: Aparajito picks up where Pather Panchali left off, with Apu and his family having moved away from the country to live in the bustling holy city of Varanasi. As Apu progresses from wide-eyed child to intellectually curious teenager, we witness his academic and moral education, as well as the growing complexity of his relationship with his mother. This expressive, often heartwrenching film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Though having seen Pather Panchali will deepen your experience, it isn’t a necessary prerequisite to seeing Aparajito. Original music by Ravi Shankar.
JOINT APU TRILOGY SYNOPSIS: “Never having seen a Satyajit Ray film is like never having seen the sun or the moon.” —AKIRA KUROSAWA
Two decades after the original negatives were burned in a fire, Satyajit Ray’s breathtaking milestone of world cinema rose from the ashes in this meticulous restoration. The Apu Trilogy brought India into the golden age of international 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)—were shot over the course of five years, and each stands on its own as a tender, visually radiant journey. Containing original music by Ravi Shankar, they’re among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made—essential works for any film lover. While seeing the entire trilogy deepens the experience, you can enjoy each film without having seen the others.