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Now You Can Watch Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy" Like Never Before

"I would like my films to last"– Satyajit Ray.

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Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy" is considered one of the landmarks of Indian cinema.

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The movies, namely Pather Panchali, Aparijito and Apur Sansar, paved the way for Indian directors to be taken seriously and recognised internationally.

Tragically, a fire all but destroyed the original prints of the series in 1993, a year after the director's demise.

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The original reels had been transferred to the Henderson's Film Laboratories in London for preservation, where a nitrate explosion sparked a massive fire.

The films were "rehydrated, repaired and scanned in 4K resolution", or Ultra Hi-Definition.

Technicians spent approximately 1,000 hours painstakingly putting the film back together, reconstructing the movie and removing glue, tape and wax from the reels.


Now let's hope movie buffs in India too can soon witness Satyajit Ray's vision in its true glory.

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After all, the great director Akira Kurosawa once said, "Never having seen a Satyajit Ray film is like never having seen the sun or the moon."