Apu Trilogy "Aparajito" (The Unvanquished)

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"...FURTHER adventures of the family that was so leisurely and tenderly introduced in the Indian film, "Pather Panchali," the tenant at the Fifth Avenue Cinema for the last six months, are presented in "Aparajito," which opened at that theatre yesterday. It is a sequel that carries on with the same principal players and was likewise produced and directed by Satyajit Ray.

And, as with "Pather Panchali," the format and content of this film are remote from and very much in contrast to what we generally get from Hollywood. Like its exotic predecessor, it is a compound of documentary views of life in pre-liberation India, with some personal experiences and moods of its few principal characters conveyed at a pace that would try the patience of Job...

...Despite the meagerness of action, there are clear undertones in this film. Social customs and religious superstitions are subtly exposed and criticized. The fatal illness of the ineffectual father, again played touchingly by Kanu Banerji, is suggested as the consequence of bathing in the Ganges with the swarms of pilgrims who visit the Benares shrines. The old suspicion of education is interestingly implied, as is a comment on its English character in the pre-liberation schools.

And Mr. Ray's remarkable camera catches beauty in so many things, from the softness of a mother's sad expression to the silhouette of a distant train, that innuendos take up the slack of drama. Hindu music and expressive natural sounds complete the stimulation of the senses in this strange, sad, evocative film." -(via New York Times film review)

108 mins
Bengali with subtitles
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By: Landmark's Midtown Art Cinema

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