Essential cinema back on the big screen. Beginning Sunday August 10 we’ll be showing Masterpieces of Polish Cinema through the good graces of Martin Scorsese and the Poles. The series will begin with ASHES and DIAMONDS.

The Apu Trilogy

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Beginning May 15
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(India/1955,’56,’59)/Writer/Director Satyajit Ray)
Frequently listed as one of the top accomplishments in the history of cinema, the APU TRILOGY ushered India into the golden age of international art-house cinema, and now, 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 restoration. 
PATHER PANCHALI – APARAJITO – APUR SANSAR – 3 films – each will have shows & it will be possible to see all 3 on Sunday May 17th – more to come so please check back soon
The Apu Trilogy follows 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. Based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, these delicate films — PATHER PANCHALI (Song of the Little Road), APARAJITO (The Unvanquished), and APUR SANSAR (The World of Apu) — 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 (Song of the Little Road), the self-made filmmaker’s naturalistic first feature in 1955, was made after the young Ray saw the films of Jean Renoir and was inspired by such Italian neorealist films as THE BICYCLE THIEF. PATHER PANCHALI (Song of the Little Road) won the prize “Best Human Document” at Cannes in 1956, and later played in New York for eight months, winning Best Foreign Film from the National Board of Review in 1957. 125 mins.
APARAJITO (The Unvanquished) came the next year, following the maturing Apu from the country to the city and his studies in Kolkata (Calcutta). It won three prizes at the Venice Film festival in 1957 including the Golden Lion–the only sequel to do so.  109 mins.
APUR SANSAR (The World of Apu) takes budding writer Apu (Ray regular Sumitra Chatterjee) into his 20s, his romantic awakening with a woman (Sharmila Tagore) and parenthood. It won Best Foreign Film from the National Board of Review in 1959. 105 mins. All three films were scored by Ravi Shankar, later friend of The Beatles and father of Norah Jones.

 Martin Scorsese called watching the Apu Trilogy “One of the great cinematic experiences of my life,” and the great filmmaker Akira Kurosawa said, “Never having seen a Satyajit Ray film is like never having seen the sun or moon.”

View Trailer Read Roger Ebert on APU trilogy