• India
  • 1956
  • 110 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Bengali
  •  
  • Spine #784

Satyajit Ray had not planned to make a sequel to Pather Panchali, but after the film’s international success, he decided to continue Apu’s narrative. Aparajito picks up where the first film leaves off, with Apu and his family having moved away from the country to live in the bustling holy city of Varanasi (then known as Benares). As Apu progresses from wide-eyed child to intellectually curious teenager, eventually studying in Kolkata, we witness his academic and moral education, as well as the growing complexity of his relationship with his mother. This tenderly expressive, often heart-wrenching film, which won three top prizes at the Venice Film Festival, including the Golden Lion, not only extends but also spiritually deepens the tale of Apu.

Cast

Harihar, Apu’s father Kanu Banerjee
Sarbajaya, Apu’s mother Karuna Banerjee
Adolescent ApuSmaran Ghosal
Young Apu Pinaki Sengupta
Bhabataran, Sarbajaya’s uncleRamani Sengupta
Nanda-babu, upstairs neighborCharuprakash Ghosh
HeadmasterSubodh Ganguli
School inspectorMoni Srimani
SchoolteacherHemanta Chatterjee
Teli, Bhabataran’s patronRanibala
Nirupama, Teli’s daughterSudipta Roy
Shibnath, Apu’s schoolmateAjay Mitra
Kalicharan, Harihar’s guestKali Banerjee
Akhil, press proprietorKalicharan Roy
MoksadaKamala Adhikari
Lahiri, Sarbajaya’s employerLalchand Banerjee
Lahiri’s wifeSanti Gupta
Pande, first-floor neighborK. S. Pandey
Pande’s wifeMeenaksi Devi
Abinash, schoolteacherAnil Mukherjee
DoctorHarendrakumar Chakravarti
PalwanBhaganu Palwan

Credits

DirectorSatyajit Ray
Produced bySatyajit Ray
ScreenplaySatyajit Ray
Based on the novels Pather Panchali and Aparajito Bibhutibhusan Banerjee
Original musicRavi Shankar
CinematographySubrata Mitra
Art directorBansi Chandragupta
EditorDulal Dutta
Sound recordistDurgadas Mitra
Production managerAnil Choudhury

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and L’Immagine Ritrovata, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • The Small Details, a new interview with film writer Ujjal Chakraborty
  • Audio recording from 1958 of a conversation between director Satyajit Ray and film historian Gideon Bachmann
  • Making “The Apu Trilogy”: Satyajit Ray’s Epic Debut, a new video essay by Ray biographer Andrew Robinson
  • The Creative Person: “Satyajit Ray,” a 1967 half-hour documentary by James Beveridge, featuring interviews with Ray, several of his actors, members of his creative team, and film critic Chidananda Das Gupta
  • New English subtitle translation

Film Essays

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The Apu Trilogy: Behind the Universal

By Girish Shambu November 19, 2015

Satyajit Ray’s long-heralded cinematic achievement was influenced by European cinema but also grew out of long-standing Indian artistic tradition.
Read more »


Film Essays

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The Apu Trilogy: Every Common Sight

By Terrence Rafferty November 17, 2015

Satyajit Ray began his filmmaking career by offering a vision of the young Apu, the character he would go on to follow throughout the three films of his stunning breakthrough epic. Read more »

Dispatches

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Returnings to Life: The Apu Trilogy in Buffalo

By Girish Shambu December 29, 2015

One refrain often heard in discussions of twenty-first-century film culture is a lament for the loss of social film viewing. While we celebrate the fact that digital technologies have given us . . . Read more »


Video


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Resurrecting The Apu Trilogy

November 30, 2015

This month marked the long-awaited release of The Apu Trilogy on DVD and Blu-ray. Now that Satyajit Ray’s dazzling epic is back out in its original glory, take a look back at the painstaking . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

1407_142_thumbnail

The Apu Trilogy: Behind the Universal

By Girish Shambu November 19, 2015

Satyajit Ray’s long-heralded cinematic achievement was influenced by European cinema but also grew out of long-standing Indian artistic tradition.
Read more »


Film Essays

27905id_218_thumbnail

The Apu Trilogy: Every Common Sight

By Terrence Rafferty November 17, 2015

Satyajit Ray began his filmmaking career by offering a vision of the young Apu, the character he would go on to follow throughout the three films of his stunning breakthrough epic. Read more »

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