“If Ray had made nothing but APUR SANSAR he would go down in film history as one of the great directors. In essence the film is a love story so fresh and spontaneous that one feels Ray created it entirely out of his own spirit, as if it were the world's first love story. The lyric Shakespeare of ‘Romeo and Juliet' comes to mind - in the scene in which the lovers see each other for the first time - only Ray has done it all visually. The morning after the wedding night Apu rises to discover that his bride has secretly tied him to her. A more exquisite symbol for a love both passionate and humorous is inconceivable. This originality, always returning to the wellspring of human feeling, is apparent throughout the film. If ever there has been a humanist work from an alien culture completely accessible to Occidentals, APUR SANSAR is that work.” - Berkeley Cinema Guild (1959, 106 min., in Bengali w/English subtitles)
Sonoma State University Hutchins School Professor Dr. Ajay Gehlawat will introduce the film before the Friday screening.