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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....
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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Review In A Nutshell:
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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The best trilogy in existence.
Sorry, Toy Story.
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…
My favorite of the Apu Trilogy. One of the most beautiful love stories I've ever seen on film. I'm so happy I've gotten the chance to see this beautifully sad trilogy in the theater.
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Saw the Criterion Collection restoration today. And while all three films are astounding, Apur Sansar still stands as my favorite of the trilogy. Had me in pieces on the theatre floor.
It is fitting that the final installment of the Apu Trilogy would be called The World of Apu, given the fact that, at least on the surface of it, Apu is now all that is left of the world that we originally began with in Pather Panchali. Apur Sansar is a fitting conclusion to this intimate and influential trilogy of films.
Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this film (and indeed, the entire trilogy) is how the methods of storytelling have changed over the course of Apu's life. As previously mentioned, Pather Panchali was much more episodic in nature, almost representative of the way in which we remember our own childhood-in brief flashes of memory instead of one long continuous…
Part of the greatness of Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy is the evolution of the form of each film. As Apu ages, the devices used to tell his story also change. The most immediate difference is that the deaths of the previous installments have left Apu (Soumitra Chatterjee) alone, thereby placing the focus on an individual rather than a family. Apu is now free from the burdens of familial responsibilities, yet ironically he finds himself at his most isolated–the cramped apartment is an even more limiting environment than the village of Pather Panchali. Furthermore, whereas Ray and cinematographer Subrata Mitra attempted to evoke something transcendental in their presentation of nature in earlier installments–consider, for example, the extended shots of insects gliding…
"How will he survive? Was he even born to survive?"
Apu trilogy review HERE
I thought I was going to lose it at the end of this movie. The Apu Trilogy has turned out to be the most poignant, down to earth, completely devastating story about a kid growing up. From the rough edges and rural naturalism of Pather Panchali to the polished beauty of The World of Apu, watching these films the last couple days has been one of the most harrowing theater-going experience in my life.
I'm never going to get a fever ever again in my life.
"Tell me, what's in your eyes?" SWOONING SO HARD
At once, the most comic, the most joyful, and the most tragic, most spiritual of the three films. I'm almost inclined to just make this review a list of all the incredibly beautiful moments in this movie, particularly everything between Apu and Aparna, but that would take too long. I was going to dock half a star because, again, I think the last third of this is almost too brutal for me, but I'm giving it the full five stars almost entirely because of the shot of the match in Aparna's eyes, which is maybe my favorite moment in the whole series.
The only other reason I can forgive the emotional…
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