APARAJITO
THE UNVANQUISHED
1956, Janus Films, 108 min, India, Dir: Satyajit Ray

Part Two in the "Apu Trilogy," this film affirmed Ray’s stance as a master of cinema. APARAJITO follows Apu from ages 10 to 17. Apu and his family are now living in a new village along the banks of the holy Ganges River. Faced with the loss of his father and the demands of fast-approaching adulthood, Apu goes on to study in Calcutta, leaving his mother behind. APARAJITO centers around Apu’s maturation and his changing relationship with his widowed mother. One of the cinema's most profound treatments of parent-child relationships. With more superb music by Ravi Shankar. In Bengali with English subtitles.


THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE
PARASH PATHAR
1958, 111 min, India, Dir: Satyajit Ray

Director Satyajit Ray’s first film outside the world of Apu was this charming, magic-realist comedy. Tulsi Chakrabarti stars as a humble bank clerk who briefly tastes the good life after he discovers a small stone that turns iron into gold on contact. A Palme d’Or nominee at the Cannes Film Festival. In Bengali with English subtitles.


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