Janus Films has restored and is releasing 4K versions of Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s “Apu” trilogy with new subtitles. “Pather Panchali,” “Aparajito” and “Apur Sansar” will play in limited release in theaters in Los Angeles and New York this summer before going nationwide.
The Criterion Collection with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Film Archive teamed with Bologna, Italy’s L’Immagine Ritrovata on the the restoration, which was made more difficult by a 1993 fire that damaged the original negatives in London.
Peter Becker, president of the Criterion Collection and partner in Janus Films, said, “This monumental restoration and national re-release is the culmination of seven years of work by dozens of people on three continents from the Academy Film Archive, the Cineteca di Bologna and our own team at Criterion. There’s a lot of discussion about how much irreplaceable film history we have lost from around the world, but this is one of the rare cases where the dedicated work of archivists have saved three masterpieces, allowing a whole new generation of filmgoers to see them as their filmmaker intended. All of us at Janus and Criterion are thrilled to to be part of this.”
Ray, who died in 1992, was given an honorary Oscar in 1991.