Aparajito

Aparajito

Directed by Satyajit Ray • 1956 • India

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.

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Aparajito
  • Aparajito

    Directed by Satyajit Ray • 1956 • India

    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 cou...

Extras

  • The Small Details

    In the following interview, conducted in 2013, film writer Ujjal Chakraborty discusses the many symbolic details throughout APARAJITO.

  • A Conversation with Satyajit Ray, 1958

    In 1958, director Satyajit Ray attended the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, on the occasion of the U.S. release of PATHER PANCHALI. Ray had by then completed APARAJITO and THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE, and THE MUSIC ROOM would soon premiere. Presented here are audio excerpts of a conversation Ray had wi...

  • Making THE APU TRILOGY

    The following video essay, written and narrated by Satyajit Ray biographer Andrew Robinson and produced by the Criterion Collection in 2015, looks at the evolution and production of THE APU TRILOGY.

  • The Creative Person: Satyajit Ray

    In 1967, Canadian documentarian James Beveridge traveled to Kolkata to film director Satyajit Ray at work. The resulting program, produced for the American public television series “The Creative Person,” features interviews with Ray, several of his actors and crew members, and film critic Chidana...