See The Apu Trilogy at the Electric Palace - three epic drama films directed by Satyajit Ray.
On Sunday 5 September, we begin The Apu Trilogy with Satyajit Ray's child's perspective of the world, Pather Panchali (1955) - one of the best arthouse films of all time.
About the Apu Trilogy
The three films won many national and international awards, including seven awards from the Cannes, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals. Revered musician Ravi Shankar composed the original music for the films.
You can still enjoy the films as standalone pieces, without having seen the earlier films in the trilogy.
Book now for the Apu Trilogy:
Pather Panchali - Sunday 5 September:
This naturalistic, but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and 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 Apu’s perpetual sense of discovery, Pather Panchali, which won an award for Best Human Document at Cannes, is an immersive, powerful cinematic experience.
Aparajito - Sunday 12 September
After Pather Panchali’s international success, Satyajit Ray decided to continue Apu’s journey. 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. This tender, expressive, often heart-wrenching film, won three top prizes at the Venice Film Festival, including the Golden Lion.
Apur Sansar - Sunday 19 September
By the time Apur Sansar was released, Satyajit Ray was well on his way to becoming a legend. This extraordinary final chapter brings Apu's journey full circle - he is now in his early 20s. The film charts his romantic awakening, and Apur Sansar is a moving conclusion to the monumental trilogy.
You may also be interested in Satyajit Ray's next feature, from 1963: Mahanagar (The Big City). In the film, follow the triumphs and frustrations of Arat, living the life of a modern Indian woman in contemporary '60s Kolkata.
Mahanagar (The Big City) - Sunday 3 October
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