Bandopadhyaya, Bibhutibhushana, 1896?-1950. Pathera pancali -- Film and video adaptations, Boys -- India -- Drama, City and town life -- India -- Drama, Family life -- India -- Drama, Mothers and sons -- India -- Drama


(The Unvanquished)

Digital Restoration

  • Introduction

    Filmmaker Robert Beavers introduces the November 13 screening 


Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Smaran Ghosal,

The second entry in Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy, Aparajito continues the story of a Bengali family after they leave their home to travel to the holy city of Benares on the banks of the Ganges. The boy Apu proceeds a little further along the road of experience and the viewpoint of the film changes with his. Aparajito focuses on Apu in his personal and human relationships, above all in his changing relationship with his mother. Ray observes with remarkable insight and discretion the theme of the sacrifices parents may make in equipping their children for a world they can never really share. In the latter half of the film, when Apu leaves his mother to go to the University of Calcutta, there is a subtle change in mood: the drama of city life contrasts with the simplicity of Apu’s background, and the characterization of Apu lies in the heart of modern India.

Albert Johnson
  • Satyajit Ray
Based On
  • the novel by Bibhutibhushana Bandyopadhyaya

  • Subrata Mitra
  • Bengali
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 106 mins
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection

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Critic's choice : Aparajito (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2005

Satyajit Ray (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, 1992

Aparajito (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, 1992

Satyajit Ray retrospective (booklet), Bengal Association, 1981

Film India: part I (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1981

The films of Satyajit Ray (press release), Pacific Film Archive, 1974

Aparajito (review), Variety, Stef., 1958

Aparajito (review), Monthly Film Bulletin, D.R. (Monthly Film Bulletin), 1958

Aparajito (review), Variety, Gene Moskowitz, 1957

Aparajito (synopsis)

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