Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without
seeing the sun or the moon." -- Akira Kurosawa.
Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre presents Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray's APU TRILOGY,
January 2 - 4, 2004. The Trilogy is three films that tell the tale of a boy's life from
birth through manhood. The first is PATHER PANCHALI (1955), which established Satyajit's
reputation as a major film director, winning numerous awards including Best Human
Document, Cannes, 1956 and Best Film, Vancouver, 1958. The next two parts are APARAJITO,
(THE UNVANQUISHED, 1957) and APU SANSAR (THE WORLD OF APU, 1959).
Also featured in this series is the Los Angeles Premiere of director
Priyanka Kumar's superb new documentary on Ray, THE SONG OF THE LITTLE ROAD (2003). The
documentary features interviews with Martin Scorsese, musician Ravi Shankar, head of the
Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Film Archive Mike Pogorzelski, and others -
plus clips from Ray's movies. Priyanka Kumar will appear in person for a discussion
following the screening.
Considered one of the foremost filmmakers of the 20th century,
Indian director Satyajit Ray (1921 - 1992) established himself as a major force with his
widely celebrated Apu Trilogy. He is known for his humanistic approach to storytelling. He
made his films in Bengali, a language spoken in West Bengal, the eastern state of India,
Ray directly controlled many aspects of filmmaking. He wrote all the
screenplays of his films, many of which were based on his own stories. He designed the
sets and costumes, operated the camera since Charulata (1964), he composed the music for
all his films since 1962 and designed the publicity posters for his new releases. In
addition to filmmaking, Ray was a composer, a writer and a graphic designer. He even
designed a new typeface
Satyajit was given an honorary Academy Award in 1992 for Lifetime
Achievement. Filmmaker Akira Kurosawa said, "...Not to have seen the cinema of Ray
means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon."
For more information on Satyajit Ray please see: http://www.satyajitray.org/
Considered one of the foremost filmmakers of the 20th
century, Indian director Satyajit Ray (1921 1992) established himself as a
major force with his widely celebrated Apu Trilogy: PATHER PANCHALI (1955), APARAJITO
(1957) and APU SANSAR (1959). Please join us for a screening of the Trilogy,
plus the L.A. Premiere of director Priyanka Kumars superb new documentary on
Ray, THE SONG OF THE LITTLE ROAD, which features interviews with Martin Scorsese,
musician Ravi Shankar, head of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Film
Archive Mike Pogorzelski and others, plus clips from Rays movies.
Friday, January 2 7:30 PM
Double Feature Los Angeles Premiere: THE SONG OF THE LITTLE ROAD, 2003, 68 min. Dir.
Priyanka Kumar. Drawing from interviews with a diverse group of Satyajit Rays
colleagues and supporters including Ravi Shankar, Martin Scorsese and others, Kumars
documentary is a quiet, subtle meditation on the life and art of one of the worlds
greatest filmmakers. Crafted through a dreamy series of still shots of interviewees and
moving clips from Rays films, THE SONG OF THE LITTLE ROAD is a testament to the
significant contributions Ray made in his lifetime as well as the perseverance of
dedicated film archivists and Ray admirers who have helped save his works from near
disintegration. Includes interviews with Ismail Merchant, Mike Pogorzelski -- Head of the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Film Archive, and more. Editor of the film, Geraud Brisson will introduce the film tonight.
PATHER PANCHALI, 1955, Sony Classics, 125 min. Dir.
Satyajit Ray. Ray burst onto the international film scene with this first film, based upon
Bibhutibhushan Bannerjees novel of the same name. As Part One of what would become
the Apu Trilogy, PATHER PANCHALI depicts a poor Brahmin family struggling to survive in
their small Bengali village. The birth of a new child, Apu, marks the beginning of new
adventures - and struggles - for the family. Scenes of Apu and his sister exploring their
surroundings are among the most beautiful and memorable moments ever captured on film.
With music by Ravi Shankar. "One of the most stunning first films in movie
history." - Jack Kroll, Newsweek.
Saturday, January 3 6:00 PM
Double Feature: APARAJITO
(THE UNVANQUISHED), 1956, Sony Classics, 108 min. Dir. Satyajit Ray. Part Two in the
Apu Trilogy, this film affirmed Rays stance as a master of cinema. Apu and his
family are now living in a new village along the banks of the holy Ganges River. Faced
with the loss of his father and the demands of fast-approaching adulthood, Apu goes on to
study in Calcutta, leaving his mother behind. APARAJITO centers around Apus
maturation and his changing relationship with his widowed mother.
THE SONG OF THE LITTLE ROAD, 2003, 68
min. Dir. Priyanka Kumar. [See above Jan. 2 for description.]
Discussion following with documentary director Priyanka Kumar
Sunday, January 4 5:00 PM
Double Feature: APU SANSAR
(THE WORLD OF APU), 1958, Sony Classics, 103 min. Dir. Satyajit Ray. As the
Trilogys final installment, APU SANSAR depicts Apus challenges with adult life
in the city. Living again in poverty, Apu is forced to sell his books and begins writing
an autobiographical novel. Upon making an unexpected visit to a small village, Apu finds
himself as the groom in an arranged marriage. Life with his new bride gives way to love -
and a child - and ultimately proves to be both joyous and tragic.
THE SONG OF THE LITTLE ROAD, 2003, 68 min. Dir. Priyanka
Kumar. [See Jan. 2 for description.]