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No Fear: The Year’S Best Movies

This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows,
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“The Apu Trilogy” (Directed by Satyajit Ray, 1955/1956/1959) (The Criterion Collection)

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“Songs Of Humanity”

By Raymond Benson

I’ll bet many of you cinephiles out there have heard of Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed trilogy of films from the 1950s (Pather Panchali, aka Song of the Little Road, 1955; Aparajito, aka The Unvanquished, 1956; and Apur Sansar, aka The World of Apu, 1959), but have never actually seen them. Here is your chance to rectify that egregious error. Quite simply put, anyone interested in film history needs to have this trio of motion pictures under the belt.

Satyajit Ray, who received an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1992, began his career as an illustrator of books. One of these was Pather Panchali, a classic of Bengali literature (1928) written by Bibhutibushan Bandyopadhyay, and its sequel, Aparajito (1932). They comprise the story of the growth of a boy from infancy to adulthood over the course of twenty-five years or so (from the 1910s to the 1930s
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New on Video: The Apu Trilogy

Pather Panchali/Aparajito/Apur Sansar

Written and directed by Satyajit Ray

India, 1955/1956/1959

The Criterion Collection set of Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy has been one of the more eagerly anticipated releases in recent years. These masterworks of world cinema, widely acclaimed for decades, have been long overdue a much-deserved superior treatment on home video. Now though, benefitting from a 4K digital restoration by the Academy Film Archive and L’Immagine Ritrovata, and with a wealth of bonus features, these exceptional films are available in the superb presentation so many have been waiting for.

But to start at the source, such a treatment would not have been warranted in the first place were the films themselves not so remarkable, and that they most certainly are. As no less an authority than Akira Kurosawa puts it, “To have not seen the films of Ray is to have lived in the world without
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Almodóvar Changes Titles, Scorsese on the Fragility of Film, PTA’s Chronology, and More

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Pedro Almodóvar explains why he changed the title of his next film from Silencio to Julieta (via THR), and see a new look above:

When we began with preproduction I found out that Martin Scorsese was going to shoot a film with the same title, but I didn’t mind because I thought that I would use the Spanish title, which sounds much different, in the markets. Scorcese and I have finished shooting our respective films and we know that we will coincide in theaters around the world next year around the same time. Additionally, the novel the film is based on by Shusaku Endo will be rereleased.
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The Criterion Collection announces line-up for November

The Criterion Collection has this week announced it’s Blu-ray release line-up for November, which includes Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown, Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, Richard BrooksIn Cold Blood, Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, and D. A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back. Details on all the releases, including cover-art and special features are listed below.

Code Unknown

One of the world’s most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Academy Award–winning Austrian director Michael Haneke diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and staggering artistry. His 2000 drama Code Unknown, the first of his many films made in France, may be his most inspired work. Composed almost entirely of brilliantly shot, single-take vignettes focusing on characters connected to one seemingly minor incident on a Paris street, Haneke’s film—with an outstanding international cast headlined by Juliette Binoche—is a revelatory take on racial inequality
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November Criterion Collection Additions Include Satyajit Ray's 'The Apu Trilogy'

Read More: 10 Films That Should Be in the Criterion Collection After touring the country earlier this year courtesy of Janus Films, the 4k restoration of Satyajit Ray's acclaimed "The Apu Trilogy" is finally coming to the Criterion Collection this November. The trilogy, made up of "Pather Panchali" ("Sons of the Little Road"), "Aparajito" ("The Unvanquished") and "Apur Sansar" ("The World of Apu"), is famous for bringing India into the golden age of international arthouse cinema. Based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, it follows a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and a sensitive man of the world. The Criterion release will include bonus interviews and audio recordings.  Joining Ray's masterpiece is Michael Haneke's "Code Unknown," starring Juliette Binoche. The film will be released in a new 2k print and have a ton of bonus features,...
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Satyajit Ray's 'Apu Trilogy' Leads Criterion's November Releases

While The Criterion Collection has other releases coming in November, let's just face it — Satyajit Ray's "The Apu Trilogy" is the centerpiece treat and crown jewel, so let's start there, shall we? Read More: The Essentials: Satyajit Ray's 'Apu' Trilogy Plus 3 Other Must-See Ray Films Available Now Yep, as long expected and wished for the, the boutique label is finally putting "Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)," "Aparajito (The Unvanquished)," and "Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)" into one must have set. These aren't just barebones releases: given spiffy 4K restorations, they come with extras (interviews, documentary excerpts, audio recordings) and basically anything and everything someone who has been waiting for these movies to get officially released stateside could want. It's the cinephile must-have holiday gift this year. Elsewhere, Michael Haneke's "Code Unknown" will mark his first entry into Criterion. The...
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Honesty (No Lie!) About The Movies Of 2015… So Far!

So here we are, smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer (and if you don’t get that little saying, try lying out on the sidewalk in 100-degree heat for 15 minutes or so, like Fido does, and see if a light bulb doesn’t go off). The dogs are often howling in movie theaters too—at times it seems as though August has replaced January in the hearts of moviegoers as the dumping ground for pictures not really worthy of our attention (or a serious investment in the marketing department). Movies like Pixels and Fantastic Four have their perverse fascination—just how bad can they possibly be? Both were greeted with reviews so scathing and unyielding in their acidity that studio heads can only pray nothing in October, November or December will be perceived as worse, and I have to admit a certain curiosity. But that
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The Venice Film Festival announces its lineup for the 2015 incarnation

The Venice Film Festival has become one of the longest-running events on the festival circuit, its veteran status giving it a level of prestige that has only been heightened by the films that have screened at the event. Having first started in 1932, a number of movies that have gone on to be classics have won prizes at the festival, including Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Satyajit Ray’s Aparajito, and Alain ResnaisLast Year at Marienbad. Interest in the festival’s lineup announcement has thus grown over the years, with many film fans curious to see what the organisers select to play at the event, due to its stature. The full lineup for the 2015 incarnation of the festival, the 72nd one in the festival’s history, has now been announced. The festival itself will run from September 2nd to the 12th, with a jury that includes Alfonso Cuarón, Nuri Bilge Ceylan,
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Aparajito (The Unvanquished) 1956 – the second part of The Apu Trilogy

There is a pivotal moment in Satyajit Ray’s film Aparajito: Apu’s mother, Sarbajaya (Karuna Banerjee) descends a staircase, obviously torn by the decision she must make after the death of Apu’s father Harihar (Kanu Banerjee). Should she remain as the cook for the family she has been working for in Benares, happy with her work, even though this would mean taking Apu to Dewanpur? Or should she take up the offer of her uncle, to move to a house he has in the village of Mansapota, where she will at least be sure to be looked after? She pauses on the staircase long enough to watch Apu through a barred window, and it’s at this moment that she makes her decision.

This scene almost sums up everything about her role in Aparajito: the troubles of a mother, alone after the death of her husband,
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Q To Star As Satyajit Ray In Film Of Pather Panchali Backstory

The Times of India today reported that Bengali filmmaker Q (Gandu, Tasher Desh) is preparing to play Satyajit Ray in a movie about the making of Ray's seminal work in Indian cinema, Pather Panchali. The film will center around Ray's struggle to get the film off the ground and will feature several other notable personalities from the era in supporting roles. This announcement comes hot on the heels of the brand new restoration of Ray's Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito, and The World of Apu) currently making the art house rounds from Janus Films. There are no more internationally revered Indian films than this trilogy, so it is perfectly ripe for adaptation as a story.The film, which is as yet untitled, already has several other main...

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The Apu Trilogy

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Pather PanchaliMy memories of Satyajit Ray's work before this year are blurred—they come up but they don't come out concretely developed. They aren't stenciled into the cohesive aesthetic dominating my attitude toward art. The first is gooey and, not surprisingly, Oscarized. His supporters in Hollywood knew of his terminal illness and in 1992 he was awarded a lifetime achievement Oscar, “in recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures, and of his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world,” a few weeks before his death. Speaking from his deathbed, it was one of the first videotaped acceptance speeches. A diminished man, Ray cradled the glistening award, as the producers cut away from Ray’s words for two close-ups of the little golden man. Nevertheless, Ray came off witty when recounting writing to Ginger Rodgers and Billy Wilder
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Daily | Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy

Janus Films is bringing new restorations of Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy—tag>Pather Panchali (1955), tag>Aparajito (1956) and tag>Apur Sansar (The World of Apu, 1959)—to New York's Film Forum for a three-week run, starting today. The Trilogy will then tour the States through September. In the New York Times, Andrew Robinson, the author of three books on Ray, tells the story of the films and their maker, how the young graphic designer found a mentor in tag>Jean Renoir and inspiration in tag>Vittorio De Sica’s tag>Bicycle Thieves before completing his debut. The support of tag>John Huston was instrumental in securing a run in New York, eventually leading to a watershed screening at Cannes. We're collecting fresh raves from the critics. » - David Hudson
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Behind the scenes of the restoration of The Apu Triology

Marking the 60th anniversary of the release of Satyajit Ray’s iconic classic Pather Panchali, the fully restored films of The Apu Trilogy with English subtitles will be released in theaters for a limited time starting this Friday May 8 at Film Forum in New York City. A new behind-the-scenes video has premiered chronicling the once unthinkable restoration of the legendary trilogy whose negatives were thought to have been lost to fire.

Following an incredible seven-year restoration program, Janus Films proudly releases The Apu Trilogy in North American theaters beginning in New York followed by releases in several other major cities throughout May and June allowing film lovers of all generations to experience one of India’s greatest masterpieces on the big screen. Additional cities include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Houston and Vancouver.

These delicate masterworks – Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished
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Watch: The Criterion Collection Goes to Great Lengths to Restore 'The Apu Trilogy'

Pegged as a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films, The Criterion Collection curates, restores, and distributes a variety of movies old and new to avid film lovers like you and me. It's no secret the task of restoring older films is a difficult and painstaking one, but Criterion seems driven to make each film it puts out look as good as it possibly can, and based on the image above and the video below it seems the company has done just that with Satyajit Ray's revered trilogy of films known as The Apu Trilogy -- which comprises Pather Panchali (Song Of The Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished) and Apur Sansar (The World Of Apu). What follows is a restoration trailer for the trilogy, which is set to hit select theaters in May and is presumed to make its official Criterion Collection home video debut later this year.
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Restoration of Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy to Premiere in Us Theaters

Janus Films is proud to announce today the release of glorious new 4k restorations of master filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s seminal The Apu Trilogy (with new subtitles). Frequently listed as one of the top accomplishments in the history of cinema, the trilogy helped bring India into the golden age of international art-house cinema – but this restoration was long thought to be impossible, after a fire severely damaged the original negatives in 1993. Whatever was left of the original negatives was salvaged by the Academy Film Archive and it wasn’t until the technology improved that this restoration was possible.

The three films – Pather Panchali (Song Of The Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished) and Apur Sansar (The World Of Apu) – will begin a national re-release in New York City at Film Forum on Friday, May 8th and in Los Angeles at Landmark’s Nuart Theater on Friday, May 29th. The films will
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Watch the trailer for Satyajit Ray’s newly restored The Apu Trilogy

If you’ve never seen Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, you’re missing out, but you’re not alone. The films have been highly rare, and the existing prints and DVD transfers have been in sorry disrepair. And yet Ray’s films, including Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished) and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu), are considered some of the best of all time, or at the very least some of the best to ever come out of India. Don’t you love how we care for our cinematic history?

All three films, originally from the ’50s, have now been restored by The Criterion Collection, and Janus Films will distribute the trilogy in theaters across the country starting on May 8, where the films will premiere at New York’s Film Forum. Criterion had been working on this restoration of some of Ray’s severely
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Watch: Trailer For Satyajit Ray’s Restored 'The Apu Trilogy,' Coming To Cinemas This Spring

When The Criterion Collection put out Satyajit Ray’s “The Music Room” on Blu-ray/DVD a few years ago, there was immediate speculation among fans as to when they would get around to “The Apu Trilogy.” Sure, Satyajit Ray may have made twenty-eight films over the course of his career, but it’s his “Apu Trilogy” that’s widely considered to be his most seminal work. Well, it turns out Ray’s trilogy has recently undergone a very lengthy restoration process, and now Janus Films (Criterion Collection’s partner-in-crime) apparently have much bigger plans for “The Apu Trilogy” than just releasing them all on home video. If you are one of the lucky peeps who lives in one of the cities listed below, you will get a chance to catch “Pather Panchali,” “Aparajito,” and “Apur Sansar” on the big screen this year. The trilogy will premiere at New York City
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Janus Films Announces Major 4k Restoration of Satyajit Ray's 'The Apu Trilogy'

Read More: Is It the Best or the Worst Time for Film Restoration? Janus Films has announced it will release a brand new 4k restoration of master filmmaker Satyajit Ray's seminal "The Apu Trilogy," complete with new subtitles, this summer. The trilogy, made up of "Pather Panchali" ("Sons of the Little Road"), "Aparajito" ("The Unvanquished") and "Apur Sansar" ("The World of Apu"),  is famous for bringing India into the golden age of international arthouse cinema. Based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, "The Apu Trilogy" follows a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. The films, shot over the course of five years and featuring different actors playing the maturing Apu, are essential works for any film lover.  The restoration is rather remarkable considering a fire severely damaged the...
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Janus Films to release restored 'Apu Trilogy'

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Janus Films to release restored 'Apu Trilogy'
Janus Films will release new 4K restorations of Satyajit Ray’s seminal The Apu Trilogy with new subtitles.

The company will re-release the trilogy in New York City at Film Forum on May 8 and in Los Angeles at Landmark’s Nuart Theater on May 29 prior to a summer-long rollout in the nation’s art-house theatres.

The Apu Trilogy is based on books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee and follows a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world.

The films helped bring India into the golden age of international art-house cinema and prompted Akira Kurosawa to say, “Never having seen a Satyajit Ray film is like never having seen the sun or moon.”

Restoration work was deemed impossible after a fire damaged the original negatives in 1993.

The Academy Film Archive salvaged the remains and waited until technological advances allowed it to restore the films.

The Archive
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