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Aparajito

Directed by Satyajit Ray
1956
India
110 minutes
G
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The second entry in Ray’s Apu Trilogy is a heartrending tale of family turmoil and coming of age, set against the tumultuous backdrop of the industrialisation of India.
The story follows Apu (Smaran Ghosal) from boyhood to his teen years, from his humble life in the country to his university studies in Kolkata, as he endures hardship and tragedy along the way. Ray also observes the ways that family traditions and Apu’s devotion to his long-suffering mother Sarbajaya (another great performance from Karuna Banerjee) are strained by his burning ambition to study science and see the world. Ray’s questioning of familial obligation and its centrality in Indian society made the film controversial in India; but it found wide acclaim overseas, winning the Golden Lion at Venice among many other awards.
[The Apu Trilogy] is like a prayer, affirming that this is what the cinema can be, no matter how far in our cynicism we may stray.
Roger Ebert
This tenderly expressive, often heart-wrenching film… not only extends but also spiritually deepens the tale of Apu.
Criterion

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Sat 11 Jun
12:45pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Program Strand
Ray Retrospective
Original Title
Aparajito
Year
1956
Classification
G
Country
India
Language
In Bengali with English subtitles
Director
Satyajit Ray
Producer
Satyajit Ray
Cast
Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Smaran Ghosal
Screenwriter
Satyajit Ray
Cinematographer
Subrata Mitra
Editor
Dulal Dutta
Genre
Festival Award Winners, Cinephile, Retrospective, Indian subcontinent
Company Credits
Print source: Janus Films. Rights: Aurora Film Corporation.
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