Aparajito (1956)

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The Unvanquished is the second of Indian director Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy" (the first was Pather Panchali). Ray's young protagonist Apu is permitted a formal education over the gentle objections of his mother, who'd wanted him to be priest. Eventually, Apu earns a university scholarship and arrives in the teeming metropolis of Calcutta. Overwhelmed by life in the Big City, the impressionable country boy forgets about his loving mother. By the time Apu returns to his home, he finds it's too late to pick up pieces. Smaran Ghosal plays the adult Apu, with Pinaki Sen Gupta portraying his younger counterpart in the flashback. Aparajito was derived from a novel by Bibhutibhusan. The film also features a musical score by Ravi Shankar. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Aparajito

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

Ray's relaxed, open style had a tremendous influence on the film world of 1956, but time has absorbed some of its originality.

Oct 24, 2007 | Full Review…

It doesn't have quite the tension or quite the variety of mood but it has a special brooding quality and a more explicit conflict between East and West.

Oct 24, 2007 | Full Review…
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It's a masterpiece for which terms like 'simplicity' and 'profundity' seem inadequate.

Oct 24, 2007 | Full Review…

It is done with such rare feeling and skill at pictorial imagery, and with such sympathetic understanding of Indian character on the part of Mr. Ray, that it develops a sort of hypnotism for the serene and tolerant viewer.

Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Standing above fashion, it creates a world so convincing that it becomes, for a time, another life we might have lived.

Mar 21, 2001 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

There's pleasure in witnessing Apu's thrill of knowledge, but sadness when his ambitions create an inevitable break with his mother.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Aparajito

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not to take anything away from it but i liked the first part better. definitely being drawn into the life of this family

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