(Satyajit Ray, India 1959, 105 min., 35mm, Bengali w/subtitles)
After high school graduation, Apu (Soumitra Chatterjee) is at a crossroads, encouraged to continue with his studies, but barely sustaining himself through private tutoring. On the advice of his friend Pulu (Swapan Mukherjee), he gets away from the city on a vacation to a rural wedding. When the groom is deemed to be unfit, Apu is convinced to marry the young Aparna (Sharmila Tagore) to save her the shame of a failed marriage. Moving back to the city with his young bride, Apu takes a steady job and a romance blooms between him and Aparna, with the possibility of a family in the future. Director Satyajit Ray’s humanism is on full display here as Apu deals with multiple generations of loss and personal responsibility.
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The Apu Trilogy | Member Movie Night The first installment in Ray’s seminal trilogy focuses on a poor Brahmin family in a remote village in Bengal. GEM members admitted for free. Only members may attend this screening. Your entire party must be present before being seated.
The Apu Trilogy The first installment in Ray’s seminal trilogy focuses on a poor Brahmin family in a remote village in Bengal.
The Apu Trilogy The middle section of the Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy is separated into two parts: a 10-year-old Apu (Pinaki Sengupta) living by the Ganges with his family, and a teenage Apu (Smaran Ghosal) finding success in his studies and earning a scholarship to study in Kolkata.