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The World of Apu
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....
"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…
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…
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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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"Blending elements of lyricism and bitter realism, Apu Sansar finally grasps for the existential. But one thing remains constant through Ray’s mise-en-scéne: he uses the tools learned as a graphic designer to create direct and clear narrative intentions while also forming gorgeous images."
My Bergman reference was tossed from the final draft, and I'm not sure this entirely works, but I think few would disagree the marriage montage may be the best moment of the entire trilogy. The whole "wander the desert" perhaps needed the hand of a Ghatak to really create the spiritual weight (Ray, like the contemporaries he often gets paired with, is just a bit too much of an image-maker sometimes). Nonetheless, the ending moment is the perfect amount of pathos and uncertainty, while finding what the essence of this bildungsroman. More from my Aklasu column.
Was wondering if this one was going to get to me the way the first two did, then along came that final scene and wham. I was gotten.
Review here: craigjclark.livejournal.com/847026.html
As with the other two films in this trilogy, it's about the woman. Apu's wife Aprana is as fascinating as she is beautiful, and their burgeoning relationship is the most delightful sequence in this entire series. The filmmaking is a compositional delight, as were the prior two films. See it!!
i haven't felt this way about a movie since i watched ozu's late spring
glad choose this series for vacation. feel saw truthful life. development. this easier to relate. not so alien.
The trilogy concludes with a somewhat disappointing turn towards convention. The most vivid scenes are those between Apu and his new wife, which celebrate the small, enormous pleasures of companionship, attraction, mutual support and shared struggle. Ray has a way of creating intense sensory attachments to these feelings that are totally cinematic, and these are the moments in which we feel the closest to humanity. But they don't last. Nothing lasts.
Still, you'd have to be a sociopath not to be moved by this film.
A tremendous and riveting film from Satyajit Ray that concludes the Apu Trilogy with a touching and incredible ending as it explores Apu's life as an adult as he copes with loss, failure, and identity.
Certainly the most cinematic film in the Apu Trilogy, yet, Ray doesn't eschew an ounce of the melancholy humanity along the way.
Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1959) In this third part of the Apu trilogy, we follow Apu as an adult trying to write his first novel while also searching for work to pay for his apartment in Calcutta. Starting his own family is the furthest thing from his mind until serendipitous circumstances lead him to meet the girl he will fall in love with.
Apu is invited to a wedding by his friend who may have a job for him, and finds himself in an extraordinary strange but lucky situation. When later his son is born, Apu must endure still more overwhelming tragedy before he can find happiness.
"Then I shall lament no more."
I'm not sure it's possible to overpraise this trio of films--they're that wonderful.
great rain scene
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