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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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Durante toda la película traje en la mente la frase "life's a bitch and then you die", pero a final de cuentas, la cosa termina bonito. Life's a bitch, and then... it's not. And then it is a bitch again. Y así sucesivamente. Qué mejor retrato de la realidad.
Hermoso cierre de la trilogía.
"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.
Enriching and highly moving, "The World of Apu" brings a satisfying close to Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy".
I think of Satyajit Ray as one of my favourite film directors, but, before watching the Apu trilogy over the past few weeks, I hadn’t seen any of his work for over 10 years – and it must be over 20 years since I watched a bunch on TV and over 30 years since the British Film Institute had a season of his works. And maybe the Apu trilogy wasn’t the best place to renew my acquaintance. I know Pather Panchali well and think it is a wonderful first movie filled with beautiful moments, but I’ve only seen the other two once before and I had been disappointed: they were not among my favourite Ray films. Seeing them again hasn’t…
I will fight anyone who claims this isn't a masterpiece
APUR SANSAR concludes one of the greatest film series of all time, Satyajit Ray's APU TRILOGY, which chronicles the life of one Bengali boy as he traverses the road from childhood through adolescence to maturity.
Ray, a masterfully accomplished director, is at the height of his powers with this film, one of the most equally wrenching, uplifting, and cathartic motion pictures I have experienced. Following 1955's PATHER PANCHALI and 1956's APARAJITO, this 1959 feature provides the perfect culmination to an unforgettable saga..
Nevertheless, for those who accompanied the writer/director as he charted the emotional and spiritual odyssey of Apu's early life, APUR SANSAR provides a fitting final chapter. Not only are we afforded the opportunity to observe the kind of…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This has been a very polarising trilogy for me.
Have I been amazed by any of the three films? Nope.
Do I hate any? Nope.
Am I indifferent about the trilogy as a whole? Certainly.
'Apur Sansar' was an interesting way to end the series as it nails what 'Pather Panchali' did well, but at the same time, failed to overcome the shortcomings found in 'Aparajito'.
You may be wondering what the aforementioned shortcomings are. For me, that is the trilogy's reliance on using death as a way to portray tragedy. Each film contains the death of someone very significant in Apu's life and it feels like the major plot beat in each film.
After watching 'Aparajito', I joked with…
Third in Satyajit Ray's trilogy of stories about Apu, who grows up in poverty in rural India, goes to school, becomes a writer and experiences loss. This installment focuses principally on Apu's accidental marriage and what happens next. Each installment is fascinating for its view into life in India and the small details that make up an ordinary life. Sharmila Tagore charms as Apu's wife Aparna, although Soumitra Chatterjee's performance as Apu is the least compelling of the 3 actors who played the character.
Even before I had seen the Apu trilogy, I thought that the posters for the three films, from what I knew of the plots of each, created one of the greatest works of genius in visual storytelling, because just by looking at those three stills and the film titles, you know perfectly the tone of each film, and can get a handle on the story.
This review may end up a bit disjointed, as I'm still a little stunned after seeing what may well be the best film ever.
This is what would happen if Ozu left his comfort zone and made a film with the emotional impact of Tokyo Story, but with astonishingly beautiful landscapes and natural beauty, and…
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"I know some good stories. Do you want to hear them?"
I laughed. I loved. I cried. I leared to love and laugh again. And I cried one last time. Satyajit Ray is a fucking fantastic director and the fact that most people won't watch this because it's the third part of a trilogy and the second is just fine is a travesty.
I've said in the past that you may as well kill yourself if you haven't seen Apur Sansar, the closing chapter in the stellar Apu Trilogy, and I will forever stand by that statement. With a degree of…
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