INDIVIDUAL APU TRILOGY FILM SYNOPSIS: The release in 1955 of Satyajit Ray’s Cannes-awarded debut, Pather Panchali, introduced an eloquent and important new cinematic voice—who went on to become a legend. A depiction of rural Bengali life, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of several years in a family’s life introduces us to little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him. Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, it contains original music by Ravi Shankar.
JOINT APU TRILOGY FILM 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.