The Apu Trilogy

1955–59 Bengali film series by Satyajit Ray / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Apu Trilogy comprises three Indian Bengali-language drama films directed by Satyajit Ray: Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and The World of Apu (1959). The original music for the films was composed by Ravi Shankar.

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The Apu Trilogy
Region 2 box set cover of Satyajit Ray's trilogy
Directed bySatyajit Ray
Written bySatyajit Ray
Screenplay bySatyajit Ray
Based onPather Panchali and Aparajito by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay
Produced bySatyajit Ray
CinematographySubrata Mitra
Edited byDulal Dutta
Music byRavi Shankar
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics / Merchant Ivory Productions
(Pather Pachali was distributed by The Aurora Film Corporation)
Release dates
Pather Panchali:
  • 26 August 1955 (1955-08-26)
  • 11 October 1956 (1956-10-11)
Apur Sansar:
  • 1 May 1959 (1959-05-01)
Running time
342 minutes (total)

The films are based on two Bengali novels written by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay: Pather Panchali (1929) and Aparajito (1932). The three films went on to win many national and international awards, including three National Film Awards and seven awards from the Cannes, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals. The films were produced on a shoestring budget[1] (Pather Panchali had a budget of roughly 150,000[2] ($45,300[3]equivalent to $458,200 in 2021) using an amateur cast and crew.[4]