Aparajito (1956)

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Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.


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  • Satyajit Ray and Pinaki Sengupta in Aparajito (1956)
  • Smaran Ghosal in Aparajito (1956)
  • Pinaki Sengupta in Aparajito (1956)
  • Karuna Bannerjee and Pinaki Sengupta in Aparajito (1956)
  • Smaran Ghosal in Aparajito (1956)
  • Smaran Ghosal in Aparajito (1956)

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Director:

Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (novel), Satyajit Ray (script by: in subtitles), Kanailal Basu (assistant screenplay writer)

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31 July 2003 | wildbluething
8
| Ray's finest film?
I am always a bit dismayed by the attention that Pather Panchali and Charulata command in discussions on Ray because while they are fine films, they do not account for Ray's cinema as a whole. In fact, I would resist from picking one or even three films that 'speak for Ray'- but I would be lying if I said I didn't have a favourite. Aparajito is a wonderful work of art, an extremely moving melodrama and a remarkably accurate portrayal of adolescence. Of course, it would be shameful to give all the credit to Ray. Bibhuti Bhusan Bandhyopadhaya's novels (Aparajito is adapted from the last part of Pather Panchali and the first half of Aparajito) are meticulously descriptive and Ray's success with the film owes much to the simplicity and honesty of his source. But there is something in Aparajito that belongs exclusively to the cinema - something that has to do with the the mixture of distance and intimacy in the movies, of identification and unfamiliarity. You want to feel like Aparajito is a film about you, but you secretly admit that it isn't, it cannot be - because you experience it outside yourself, in Ravi Shankar's beautiful music, in the photography that oscillates between banality and the deeply metaphoric, in the wonderful performances (especially by Karuna Bannerjee), and finally in Ray's masterful vision in putting it all together. I couldn't say much else - you must experience it for yourself!

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,064 10 May 2015

Gross USA:

$134,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,241

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