The Apu Trilogy

September 4 – 7

"The great, sad, gentle sweep of the Apu Trilogy remains in the mind of the moviegoer as a promise of what film can be. Standing above fashion, it creates a world so convincing that it becomes, for a time, another life we might have lived."
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

From September 4 through 7, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy. Each of the three films is screened twice, with all three playing on September 6.

Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) was India’s greatest filmmaker, and the Apu Trilogy is his most celebrated achievement. Based on Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay's classic autobiographical novels, the three films trace the hero’s life from birth to early manhood. The entire trilogy is unified around such elemental themes as country/city, tradition/change, and life/death, resonantly rhymed and intertwined from one film to the next. Brilliantly scored by Ravi Shankar, each of the films stands on its own as a masterpiece of humanist cinema; together they form one of the richest viewing experiences in the history of cinema.

Although the original negatives were burned in a 1993 lab fire, the Apu Trilogy has been meticulously and beautifully restored to 4K digital by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

— Martin Rubin

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for any screening of an Apu Trilogy film and get a ticket for the other films at this discount rate for each with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; and Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second and third features only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)


New 4K digital restoration!

Pather Panchali

Song of the Little Road

1955, Satyajit Ray, India, 125 min. With Subir Bannerjee, Kanu Bannerjee


  • Fri, Sep 4th 6:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 6th 3:00pm

New 4K digital restoration!


The Unvanquished

1956, Satyajit Ray, India, 109 min. With Pinaki Sen Gupta, Karuna Bannerjee


  • Sun, Sep 6th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Sep 7th 3:00pm

New 4K digital restoration!

The World of Apu

Apur Sansar

1959, Satyajit Ray, India, 105 min. With Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore


  • Sun, Sep 6th 8:30pm
  • Mon, Sep 7th 5:15pm