Speed Cinema Presents: The Apu Trilogy

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The Apu Trilogy
Directed by Satyajit Ray

“Never having seen a Satyajit Ray film is like never having seen the sun or the moon”—director Akira Kurosawa

Two decades after its original negatives were damaged in a fire, Satyajit Ray’s breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new 4K restoration. The trilogy follows Apu, a free-spirited child in rural Bengal, who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally into a sensitive worldly man. Each of the three films, shot over the course of five years, stands on its own. They are essential viewing for any lover of cinema.

Song of the Little Road (Pather Panchali)
Friday, November 4, 7 p.m.

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Inspired by Italian neorealism, Ray’s debut depicts the poetic evolution of rural Bengali life from the vantage of the boy Apu and the matriarchal society that will help form him—with his sister, mother, and elderly auntie. Each woman’s unique spirit makes a strong impression on Apu, whose sense of discovery and wonder is stimulated by their experience. 1955, India, DCP, in Bengali with English subtitles, 125 minutes.

The Unvanquished (Aparajito)
Saturday, November 5, 3 p.m.

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With the great international success of his first film, Ray continued the story of Apu in this sequel. Picking up where the first film left off, the family moves from the country to the bustling holy city of Varanasi. Transitioning from a simple, curious, wide-eyed child to an intellectually curious teen, Apu’s relationship with his mother also becomes more complex. This heart-wrenching film won top prizes at the Venice Film Festival. 1956, India, DCP, in Bengali with English subtitles, 109 minutes. Recommended for 13+.

The World of Apu (Apur Sansar)
Sunday, November 6, 3 p.m.

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This extraordinary final chapter brings Apu’s journey full circle. Now in his early twenties he has ambitions to become a writer sharing the story of his youth. His life takes a detour when a rushed marriage and the responsibilities of fatherhood are thrust upon him. He must decide which is more important, his work or his family—a universal struggle. 1959, India, DCP, in Bengali with English subtitles. Recommended for 13+.
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