May 19th, 2015 by PRatt
August 14, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

“To live without seeing the films of the Indian director Satyajit Ray, means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon.”​ Akira Kurosawa 1975

(India, 1955) Written and directed by Satyajit Ray, based on the novel by B. Bandopadhaya. Cinematographer: Subrata Mitr. Music: Ravi Shankar. Cast: Subir Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Runki Banerjee, Chunibala Devi.

Every summer we wait with anticipation to see which great classic films have been restored to their original brilliance. This time, we’re thrilled to present the new 4K Ultra High Definition version of The Apu Trilogy, three films by the greatest Indian director of his generation, Satyajit Ray.
The first, Pather Panchali, introduces a young boy named Apu, who lives in a poor village in rural Bengal with his stressed mother, absentminded father, lively sister, and crone-like Auntie. Young and innocent enough that poverty does not yet register, Apu finds pure joy in discovering the world around him. Ray’s first of thirty-five films, inspired by Jean Renoir’s humanism and the neo-realism of Italian films like The Bicycle Thief, is a masterpiece. 125 min.

“THE BEST BINGE-VIEWING EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR! Ray’s Apu Trilogy remains singular and unique – one of the great achievements of film history.” – Shelly Farmer, Indiewire

“IF THESE AREN’T THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOVIES EVER MADE, THEY’RE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ONES I KNOW. The beauty of this restoration may be enough to move you to tears.”
– Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice

“ALL THE EXPLOSIONS OF A BLOCKBUSTER, BUT THEY DETONATE IN THE HEART. If you’ve never seen an Indian film, clear out your schedule pronto. Wonderstruck and attuned to the smallest details…. Ray’s trilogy is quiet and concentrated. THESE FILMS WILL LIFT YOU UP.”
– Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

“THE MOST IMPORTANT REVIVAL OF THE YEAR! Go to worship the near-religious restoration and lose yourself in three very different masterpieces.”
– David Edelstein, New York Magazine

– David Shipman

“Standing above fashion, [THE APU TRILOGY] creates a world so convincing that it becomes, for a time, another life we might have lived. The three films swept the top prizes at Cannes, Venice and London, and created a new cinema for India – whose prolific film industry had traditionally stayed within the narrow confines of swashbuckling musical romances. Never before had one man had such a decisive impact on the films of his culture… It is about a time, place and culture far removed from our own, and yet it connects directly and deeply with our human feelings. It is like a prayer, affirming that this is what the cinema can be, no matter how far in our cynicism we may stray.”
– Roger Ebert

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