The Apu Trilogy
The Apu Trilogy, widely and rightfully considered among the best in the history of world cinema, represents more than just great artistic accomplishment. It’s a glorious, remarkable sign of its time.
The films came about at a time when cinema – and world civilization, in fact – was at the crossroads. Things were ready for change and Satyajit Ray came along and showed the world how things can change. And he did it by telling stories dear to him, stories rooted deeply in his own culture, after being inspired by the changes ahead of him, the likes of Jean Renoir and Italian neo-realism.
The restoration of the Apu Trilogy thus represents the best of restoration. It employs advances in technology to preserve artistic advances in the past. In other words, using change to keep the change from changing.
Restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project at the Academy Film Archive with funding from the Film Foundation. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.