Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 

India, 1958, 127 min

Shown in 1958 / 1976 / 1992


Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
Subrata Mitra
Dulal Dutta
Ravi Shankar
Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Samaran Ghosal


prod co
Epic Productions
Films Inc. Edward Harrison
gga award
Best Director, Satyajit Ray: Feature Length Films


Screened at the 1958 Festival. Screened in 1976 as part of a retrospective of Festival films on the event's 20th anniversary, as chosen by Paine Knickerbocker. Screened again in 1992, when Satyajit Ray was honored with the Akira Kurosawa Award.

Aparajito continues the story of the Bengali family after they leave their home to travel to the holy city of Benares on the banks of the Ganges. The boy Apu proceeds a little further along the road of experience and the viewpoint of the film changes with his. While Pather Panchali is primarily a matter of experiences, Aparajito shows Apu more in his personal and human relationships—above all in his changing relationship with his mother. Ray observes with remarkable insight and discretion the theme of sacrifice which parents may make in equipping their children for a world which they can never really share. In the latter half of the film, when Apu leaves his mother to go to the University of Calcutta, there is a subtle change in mood: the drama of city life contrasts with the simplicity of Apu's background, and the characterization of Apu lies in the heart of modern India.