All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Apu is a jobless ex-student dreaming vaguely of a future as a writer. An old college friend talks him into a visit up-country to a village wedding....
If there's one word that would best describe Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy that would have to be universality. Which is all the more impressive when considering that the movies are so deeply rooted in Indian (and Bengali) culture and traditions. Everyone can identify with the characters in the movies, with the decisions they make, with the difficult moments they go through, with the emotions they feel, as they capture the human nature in a genuine and primal form. A true master when it comes to exploring the human condition, Satyajit Ray creates moments that feel very natural but moments that have layers upon layers of subtly different nuances. It doesn't matter if a scene shows a mundane activity or if…
"Who are you?"
"I'm your friend."
I've been living in Austin for the past 7 years. 6 years ago, I met Andy. Andy and I started seeing each other and become more and more serious. We moved in together. Andy supported me as I started my transition. I supported Andy as they went to school. We helped each other grow and constantly taught each other new things. Things weren't always good but we always loved each other and tried to support each other as much as possible.
Andy has a young son. When we first met, Isaac was only a year old. He's 7 now, almost 8. Isaac is a great kid. He loves video games and board games. He…
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The World of Apu is the third film from Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy. After the slight disappointment with the second film, as compared to the brilliant first film, my expectations for this one wasn't really high and predicting that I would come out of it lukewarm. The World of Apu proved me wrong as it delivers something much more entertaining, personal and balanced than what was shown in Aparajito, but sadly couldn't reach the power that the first film was able to establish.
Explaining the plot of The Apu trilogy is unnecessary as this isn't a sort of film that contains a certain goal or objective,…
Chatterjee and Tagore have an electric chemistry from their first moments together, a tentative wedding night scene that takes place in an elaborately decorated bedroom. She stands still, expectant, on one side of the bed, while Apu paces back and forth on the other, asking across a sea of expensive fabrics and beads, “Can you live with a poor husband?”
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Satyajit Ray's final chapter of the Apu Trilogy chronicles the adult life of Apu as he lives alone in Calcutta, between jobs and amidst uncertainty.
This is not the bleakest or the saddest film in the trilogy. It is, however, the most relatable.
The most basic theme of Apur Sansar is greatness and its pursuit.
Greatness can be found anywhere, even in poverty. Especially in poverty. But can such greatness be appreciated?
Apu's landlord asks him when he'd pay his long pending rent, to which Apu has obviously no answer. Instantly, the landlord takes a jibe at his talks of greatness and the lack thereof in practice.
It's a pinching scene which just summarises the character of Apu so well.…
Part of the Satyajit Ray Retrospective
Rounding out the Apu Trilogy is The World of Apu, the third and final act of the story of the early life of our titular character.
Though The World of Apu isn't as good as the previous two films in the trilogy, Pather Panchali and Aparajito, it is however the most satisfying, concluding the trilogy where Apu, for once, is happy.
The biggest detriment to The World of Apu is that it wanders and at the same time rushes through development. By the end of the film, it has advanced more than the first two films have in a combined 4 hours. This being said, The World of Apu has Apu realizing his strengths…
The final film in The Apu Trilogy, this film looks at Apu as a young man, who after losing his wife, abandons his son and wanders India aimlessly. This is another beautifully shot film from Ray, continuing the tragic story of Apu's life. I have enjoyed being able to see all of these films, and especially their new Criterion restorations. I loved all of these films, and this film is just as great. And it is a nice full circle, with Apu taking on his father's role in the first film, but making a successful change, that leads us to a happy ending.
For about 30 minutes this morphs into a stunning romance, the kind that only gets matched by the greats. It's a wonderful respite from the otherwise maudlin world Ray has created.
Unfortunately that last only 30 minutes and we're back to death and tears. The end result of the trilogy is oppressive. The cause of character development is death. That's fine the first or second time you do it. Sixth?
Again, horrible subtitles... makes me feel as though I'm missing half the movie, and so much detail. Howeve, thus trilogy is an amazing look into the world of rural India and a time (perhaps) long past.
The best one. Beautiful, dynamic, at times hilarious.
If the first two films chronicle the losses in Apu's young life, then this follow up from a few years laters is very much about the resonance of such loss, particularly in regards to emotional openness. A viewer can feel the gaps and longing in the film and while it becomes clear early where the narrative will land, it certainly does not diminish the emotional delivery of the closing moments in the slightest.
First of all, shout out to Ravi Shankar like God damn. Legend.
But The World of Apu is a lot messier than the two proceeding pictures in the trilogy. Too often it feels like Satyajit Ray is trying to shoehorn events into his narrative without any of the subtlety and restraint that marked Aparajito and especially Pather Panchali.
One character in particular - Apu's brief wife Aparna never really seems to amount to a character instead of a talking set of narrative beats whose only purpose is the emotional impact of her exit from the film. But ironically, the transparency of her scripted purpose severely blunts this impact.
At this point, I'm pretty sure Apu is just an angel of death.
Can this guy catch a break?
To quote my favorite director, Akira Kurosawa, about Ray’s films: “Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon.”
Apu comes full circle. A man much like his father. He was a child with an absentee father, and upon becoming a father himself, is far more absent than even his father was. A brilliant, moving conclusion. The first half of the film is the funniest part of the entire trilogy and the second half the most tragic. These films will make you cry and laugh and feel things, dammit.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…