May 2002 Events
May 10-12

Pacific Film Archive (PFA)

Films by Satyajit Ray

PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Ave, Berkeley

Program details

The PFA's 2nd weekend celebrating South Asia's most revered filmmaker. Our pick of the week is the Apu trilogy. The first film in this series is 'Pather Panchali' (1955), showing this Thursday May 9th at 7:30pm (Please excuse the late notice).


The other two films in the trilogy are, 'Aparajito' (1956) and 'The World of Apu' (1959), playing on Saturday May 11th at 7:00pm and 9:30pm respectively. All films are in Bengali with English Subtitles.

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Satyajit Ray background and film descriptions:

We are pleased to present films by India's most revered filmmaker, Satyajit Ray (1921-1992), in restored archival prints from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Since his stunning 1955 debut, Pather Panchali, Ray has been internationally recognized as an artist of extraordinary versatility, depth, and grace. Taken together, his stories of individuals and families interacting with a changing culture form an impressive chronicle of Indian history. Individually, each is an exquisitely detailed and nuanced portrayal of the rhythms of Bengali life, from village to city. Ray's films gain universal appeal from their inexhaustible concern with the fundamental, if often ineffable, truths of human existence. This series offers a rare opportunity to see these films in a form that best expresses the subtle beauty of the director's style. "Ray has invariably preferred the intimate story to the grand epic, and is the poet par excellence of the human-scale, life-sized comedy or tragedy of ordinary men and women, journeying, as we all journey, down little, but unforgettable roads." - Salman Rushdie Prints courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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