Filmmaker Satyajit Ray created a landmark of Indian cinema with this trio of dramas tracing the life of Apu, a poor but determined country boy from West Bengal. Pather Panchali (1955) shows the young protagonist and his family struggling to survive in their home village. 1957’s Aparajito follows him through his school days in Varanasi and Kolkata. In The World of Apu (Apur Sansar) from 1959, Apu faces the triumphs and disappointments of adulthood. Writer-director Ray’s supreme naturalism, combined with Ravi Shankar’s music, the luscious black-and-white cinematography of Subrata Mitra, and the faces of the characters (most of them non-actors), add up to an unforgettable experience, one of the true indispensable classics of world film. Adapted from the stories of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (339 min.).
Director: Satyajit Ray
Producer: Satyajit Ray
Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty and Swapan Mukherjee