The Apu Trilogy: Aparajito (The Unvanquished)

Thursday, August 20 at 7:30pm | Regular Admission Prices

Satyajit Ray had not planned to make a sequel to Pather Panchali, but after the film’s staggering international success, he decided to continue Apu’s narrative. The moving drama Aparajito, part two of The Apu Trilogy, affirmed Ray’s place as a master of cinema.

“Astonishing. It’s a masterpiece for which terms like ‘simplicity’ and ‘profundity’ seem inadequate.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Aparajito, which follows Apu from the ages of 10 to 17, picks up where the first film left off, with Apu (Pinaki Senqupta) and his family having moved away from the country to live in the bustling holy city of Benares. As Apu grows from wide-eyed child to intellectually curious teenager (now played by Smaran Ghosal), eventually studying in Kolkata, he must deal with the joys and tragedies of a fast-approaching adulthood, including the devastating loss of a loved one. We watch the formation of a life that grows ever richer in moral and emotional complexity, in regards to both his studies and his changing relationship with his widowed mother (Karuna Banerjee). One of cinema’s most profound treatments of parent-child relationships, 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 wondrous tale of Apu. With music by Ravi Shankar. (Dir. by Satyajit Ray, 1955, India, in Bengali with subtitles, 125 mins., Not Rated)