Aparajito (The Unvanquished)

 
 

Directed by Satyajit Ray, India 1956
108 mins. Bengali dialogue with English sub-titles

 
Summary:
 
In the second film of Satyajit Ray's masterful Apu Trilogy, Apu and his family move to the holy city of Benares (Varanasi) as Apu continues his academic and spiritual education in adolescence. Enormously touching in its simplicity, emotional sweep and visual beauty, it is often featured in lists of the greatest films ever made. With a soundtrack by Ravi Shankar.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"What makes it almost unparalleled in cinema is its fusion of poignancy, humour, and poetry ... it concerns a poor boy growing up in India nearly a century ago - and yet, miraculously, it concerns us all.” (Andrew Robinson - New York Times)