September 18, 2013
THE ACADEMY CELEBRATES SATYAJIT RAY RESTORATIONS
19 FILMS PRESERVED BY THE ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE TO BE PRESENTED IN LOS ANGELES, LONDON AND VIENNA.
Photo: Front Cover of a book on Satyajit Ray.
Photo: Actress Sharmila Tagore prior to screenings of “Pather Panchali” and “Aparajito,” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Photo Credit: Todd Wawrychuk. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in celebration of the restoration of 19 Satyajit Ray films by the Academy Film Archive, is presenting new prints of the prolific filmmaker’s renowned early works. [The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization and is known around the world for its annual Academy Awards, now officially known as The Oscars.]
The two-evening screening series kicked off with a double feature of 1955’s “Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)” and 1956’s “Aparajito (The Unvanquished)” on Friday, September 6 and concluded with 1959’s “Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)” on Monday, September 9 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.
Special guests for Monday’s program included actress Sharmila Tagore, who made her film debut in “Apur Sansar,” and Dilip Basu, founding director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center Collection at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The Academy has also partnered with the British Film Institute (BFI), the American Cinematheque and the Austrian Film Museum to screen prints from the Academy Film Archive’s collection.
In London, the BFI Southbank is presenting “Satyajit Ray” from August 14 through October 5.
In Los Angeles, the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, in partnership with the Academy, is presenting “Unlocking the Golden Fortress: Satyajit Ray Restored,” from September 12 through October 21, featuring all 19 of the Ray films that the Academy Film Archive has restored to date.
In Vienna, the Austrian Film Museum will present “Satyajit Ray: Early Works” from December 4 through January 8, 2014.
More than 100 screenings will take place between the Academy’s screenings and its partners’ during the months-long celebration.
• Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker, regarded as one of the greatest directors of world cinema.
• In 1992, after a career spanning more than three decades, Ray received an Honorary Award (an Oscar statuette) from the Academy “in recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures, and of his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world.”
“The director is the only person who knows what the film is about.”
— Satyajit Ray.