Monthly Feature

The Films of Satyajit Ray


Every Thursday in August at 7:30pm. Regular admission prices.

This August, The Loft Cinema is proud to pay tribute to legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray with special screenings of all three films in his acclaimed masterwork from the golden age of international art cinema, The Apu Trilogy, in gorgeous new 4K digital restorations courtesy of the Criterion Collection and the Academy Film Archive.

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

Following one indelible character, a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world, The Apu Trilogy, comprised of Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1957) and Apur Sansar (1959), is a tender, visually radiant journey, with each film standing among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made. This series also includes a screening of a later Satyajit Ray classic, 1963’s The Big City, an engrossing and moving morality tale examining the identity of the modern Indian woman. Considered one of the foremost filmmakers of the 20th century, Satyajit Ray (who not only wrote all of his films, but, starting in the early 1960s, also designed the sets and costumes, operated the camera, composed the music and created the publicity posters) received an honorary Lifetime Achievement Academy Award in 1992, based on his “humanistic approach to storytelling.” It is this uniquely humanistic touch that has helped the films of Satyajit Ray stand among the very best, and the most beloved, treasures of world cinema.