Aparajito (1956)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 28, 2003
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Sarah Boslaugh

...Aparajito...drew criticism for its refusal to create an idealized mother-son relationship.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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Josh Larsen

...eloquently dramatizes oppositions: tradition versus invention; religion versus science; adolescence versus adulthood.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's a masterpiece for which terms like 'simplicity' and 'profundity' seem inadequate.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

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

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Humanist film-making at its best.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
not to take anything away from it but i liked the first part better. definitely being drawn into the life of this family