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India on Film: Satyajit Ray

The Unvanquished


The second part of Ray’s Apu Trilogy, where the boy learns of life in the city.

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India 1956
Dir Satyajit Ray
With Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Smaran Ghosal
Bengali with English subtitles
Certificate U

Evocatively shot by novice cameraman Subrata Mitra, who famously used bounced natural light when forced into a studio, this second film follows the development of Apu as he grows up in busy Varanasi (Benares) and, later, Calcutta. His intellectual curiosity takes him through a series of doorways, away from his mother, towards a new life as an adult. The film won multiple festival awards including the Golden Lion at Venice.


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