"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