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The Apu Trilogy - The Criterion Collection (Box Set Restored) [Blu-ray]

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Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.Certification: UDuration: 341minsFormat: Blu-rayCategory: Foreign
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Two decades after its original negatives were burned in a fire, SATYAJIT RAY’s breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new restoration. The Apu Trilogy brought India into the golden age of international art-house film, 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. These delicate masterworks—Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)—based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, were shot over the course of five years, and each stands on its own as a tender, visually radiant journey. They are among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made—essential works for any film lover.

PATHER PANCHALI The release in 1955 of Satyajit Ray’s debut, Pather Panchali, introduced to the world an eloquent and important new cinematic voice. A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him: his independent older sister, Durga; his harried mother, Sarbajaya, who, with her husband away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly “auntie,” Indir—vivid, multifaceted characters all. With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery, the Cannes-awarded Pather Panchali is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power.

APARAJITO 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.

APUR SANSAR By the time Apur Sansar was released, Satyajit Ray had directed not only the first two Apu films but also the masterpiece The Music Room, and was well on his way to becoming a legend. This extraordinary final chapter brings our protagonist’s journey full circle. Apu is now in his early twenties, out of college, and hoping to live as a writer. Alongside his professional ambitions, the film charts his romantic awakening, which occurs as the result of a most unlikely turn of events, and his eventual, fraught fatherhood. Featuring soon to be Ray regulars Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore in star-making performances, and demonstrating Ray’s ever more impressive skills as a crafter of pure cinematic imagery, Apur Sansar is a moving conclusion to this monumental trilogy.

Special Edition Features:
New 4K digital restorations of all three films, undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and L’Immagine Ritrovata, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
Audio recordings from 1958 of director Satyajit Ray reading his essay “A Long Time on the Little Road” and in conversation with film historian Gideon Bachmann
New interviews with actors Soumitra Chatterjee, Shampa Srivastava, and Sharmila Tagore; camera assistant Soumendu Roy; and film writer Ujjal Chakraborty
Making “The Apu Trilogy”: Satyajit Ray’s Epic Debut, a new video essay by Ray biographer Andrew Robinson
“The Apu Trilogy”: A Closer Look, a new program featuring filmmaker, producer, and teacher Mamoun Hassan
Excerpts from the 2003 documentary The Song of the Little Road, featuring composer Ravi Shankar
The Creative Person: “Satyajit Ray,” a 1967 half-hour documentary by James Beveridge, featuring interviews with Ray, several of his actors, members of his creative team, and film critic Chidananda Das Gupta
Footage of Ray receiving an honorary Oscar in 1992
New programs on the restorations by filmmaker :: kogonada
New English subtitle translations
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Terrence Rafferty and Girish Shambu, as well as a selection of Ray’s storyboards for Pather Panchali


ActorSubir Bandopadhyay, Swapan Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Shapan Mukerji, S Alke Chakravarty, Kanu Bannerjee, Subir Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Uma Das Gupta, Chunibald Devi, Punaki Sen Gupta, Smaran Ghosal, Karuna Banerji, Kanu Banerji, Ramani Sen Gupta, Sharmila Tagore, Santi Gupta, Ranibala, Sudipta Roy, Ajay Mitra, Kali Bannerjee, Dhiresh Majumdar, Sefalika Devi
MusicRavi Shankar
Based onThe novels by Bibhutibhushan Bannerjee
Format TypeBlu-ray
Catalogue NoCC2546BDUK
CertificateU
Release Date25/05/2020
Studio DescriptionSony Pictures Home Ent.
RegionRegion B
Running Time (mins)341
Discs3 disc(s)
Produced (year)1955
Original LanguageBengali
SubtitlesSubtitled
ColourB/W
ExtrasLanguage(s): Bengali|Subtitles: English|Interactive Menu Booklet|Documentaries: ''The Apu Trilogy': A Closer Look', 'The Creative Person: Satyajit Ray'|Interviews: Satyajit Ray (director), Soumitra Chatterjee (actor), Shampa Srivastava (actor), Sharmila Tagore (actor), Soumendu Roy (camera assistant), Ujjal Chakraborty (writer)|Video essay by Satyajit Ray biographer Andrew Robinson on the trilogy's evolution and production, Audio recordings from 1958 of director Satyajit Ray reading his essay 'A Long Time On the Little Road', Excerpts from the 2003 documentary 'The Song of the Little Road'

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