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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. This changes his life, for when the bridegroom turns out to be mad, Apu's friend asks him to become the husband! After initial revulsion at the idea, Apu agrees. Apu takes his exquisite bridge, Aparna, back to Calcutta. But Aparna dies in childbirth, Apu leaves Calcutta, crazy with grief, and his son Kajal is left abandoned with his wife's parents. Only after a long period of total indifference to worldly responsibilities, does Apu become capable of returning to the world.
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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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.…
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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…
Satyajit Ray closes his extraordinary trilogy with one of the most life-affirming films I’ve ever seen. The neorealist and verite atmosphere that made Pather so rich is replaced with the interest of the wonderful story. However, Ray’s gorgeous artistry, not least resulting in his visual splendors featuring sweeping landscapes, make this film an emotionally and poetically powerful ride. A perfect ending to his epic trilogy.
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The Romance that dominates most of this movie is so well-done. Apu and his Wife don't say much to each other, but you can still sense such intimacy and love just from the looks and how Ray handles the scenes.
As for how the trilogy turned out, Pather Panchali blew me away in almost every way imaginable. The Unvanquished and The World of Apu simply can't compare, but they're a great end to the story of Apu.
Third (and possibly best?) in this astonishing Trilogy.
Tal vez no debí dejar pasar tanto tiempo entre Aparajito y Apur Sasar.
Esta vez me costó un poco entrar al ritmo de los contrapuntos de Satyajit Ray. Iniciar con Apu aquí es casi como iniciar en un mundo nuevo, separado de las dos películas anteriores. Y es posiblemente por eso que funciona tan bien como conclusión de esta trilogía.
Apu, como adulto, es un individuo. Los contrapuntos que Ray presenta en él, esta vez no se concentran en secuencias como en Pather Panchali en donde su aprendizaje del mundo estaba influenciado por la experiencia de su hermana. Tampoco se concentran en el contraste con la vida de su madre, como en Aparajito, en donde los contrapuntos muestran el distanciamiento…
A timeless masterpiece.
The last and final masterpiece in the Apu Trilogy, Apur Sansar, finishes the story of Apu. He is now a man who gets roped into an arranged marriage. And from there it tells one of the quintessential love stories. Within minutes, we see a relationship develop with real palpable love and courtship. This couple did not choose each other, but they grow to love one another and I grew to love them as a couple. This may have been my personal favorite of the trilogy. I've never dealt with the poverty hardships that they had, but I have been in relationships. The truth and romance felt honest and sincere. This was a phenomenal trilogy to visit and I'm forever grateful to Satyajit Rey for making it.
... And so goes the cycle of life.
A viewing of the whole trilogy is worth it just for the well-earned final scene, the most moving of all.
It started with the subtle masterpiece of Pather Pancali. Then time sped up in the urban The Unvanquished. Where it concluded in sweeping fashion in The World of Apu.
Even though each film starred (or co-starred) the character of Apu, each film felt completely different from the other. Featuring different pacing, story, and even style. But all focusing on central themes of religion, faith, and life.
I'd be lying if I thought this is how Apu would end his journey. But that's the brilliance of this trilogy. It had us believing in hopeful times through tragedy. Yet, where Apu ended up is a surprise considering all the tragedies he (and the viewer) had to endure.
An ancient Boyhood trilogy from another world. The Apu trilogy is worth the visit.
The last in the trilogy is almost as good as the first. These films deeply dismantled and fulfilled me.
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