The World of Apu [Import]
Named the Best Foreign Film of 1960 by the National Board of Review and winner of numerous festivalprizes, THE WORLD OF APU is the crowning finish to Satyajit Ray's unforgettable Apu Trilogy. Forcedto abandon his education, Apu's prospects look bleak until fate intervenes in the form of an insanebridegroom. To save the abandoned bride from public disgrace, Apu marries her, beginning a new lifeas husband and father. Like the earlier films in the trilogy, Pather Panchali and Aparajito, THE WORLD OF APU is more than a mesmerizing look at Indian culture; it is a universal look at family love and personal sacrifice.
If you ever feel like you've got it tough, watch the Apu trilogy by Satyajit Ray. The World of Apu is the third story in Ray's magnum opus. And yes... things can get worse for our hero, Apu (Soumitra Chatterjee). By now it's the early 1930s, and Apu is a grown man. A dreamer and a writer like his long-dead father, Apu is working on a novel about his life.
When his best friend Pulu (Swapan Mukherjee) asks him to his sister's wedding, Apu has no idea that he'll be the one going home with the bride. Poor Aparna (Sharmila Tagore) is betrothed to an insane man and when his illness becomes apparent, the wedding is cancelled. But Aparna will be cursed unless another bridegroom is found. Apu, in a weak moment, agrees to marry Aparna in return for a job.
Then the unexpected happens. Aparna and Apu fall deeply in love. But will it last? Knowing Apu's luck in the past, the obvious answer is "no," and when Aparna dies in childbirth, Apu is left hating his son, Kajal. Finally, driven by guilt, Apu approaches his son, five years after the death of his beloved wife. Will they be able to salvage some happiness in an already too bleak life? You won't be disappointed in the outcome.
This last installment will leave you wishing Ray had made Apu IV. The music is by Ravi Shankar. --Luanne Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Apu's ancestral family home has been destroyed; he has lost his sister, father and mother and is now living alone next to a noisy railway. As he faces the realities of existence, he spends his time reading, playing a wooden flute and occasionally looking for work. His job prospects are disheartening at best. His optimism is reminiscent of his father's attitude to life and he is also becoming a writer. His beauty and artistic carefree spirit is always in danger of being funneled into a life of quiet desperation.
After reuniting with his childhood friend Pulu (Swapan Mukherjee), Apu attends a wedding in which he ends up having to make decisions that changes the entire course of his life. Aparna (Sharmila Tagore) and Apu fall in love and yet can we hope that Apu has found true happiness? All hopes are soon dashed as the unthinkable occurs.
As Apu dreams of publishing his own novel, his life plays out a story of impending doom. The scene where he lifts a child from a location close to a railroad is a foreshadowing of an event that soon takes place in his own life. Finally life throws him a challenge he is not willing to face. It takes times for Apu to process the tragedy in his life and finally he is overwhelmed by grief.
Although this movie is filled with tragedy, there are moments of humor. Apu's casual defiance when he turns on the lights amused me because I'm always turning on lights and my husband is always turning them off.Read more ›
The middle of the film shows the happy time when Apu and Aparna get to know each other and fall in love. Two people who were complete strangers become incredibly close as we see a simple romance that rings true in a way few in cinema ever have before or since. However, after all of the suffering and hard times we have endured to this point in the trilogy it is hard to believe that Apu has finally found happiness, and indeed tragedy follows. We are suddenly confronted with the sense that we have come full circle and that once again our hopes in this story have come down to the fate of one small boy.
Even after three films Ray's genius is in using the camera to show character. What is memorable in these films are always the moments, and not the dialogue.Read more ›
regardless of anything and everything, however, one should walk the desert and cross the seven seas to see this movie. 'the world of apu' is a complex study of the artist, the role of economic conditions on the artist's life, and a commentary on india's traditional marriage system. and yet, with all these topical distinctions, the movie rarely fails to do anything but touch the heart - in light or in break - in the most primitive and simple way possible.
to put things into perspective, this movie encapsulates the most beloved director, actor, actress, and musician of the bengali speaking world in 1959. and in 2003, it is one of the most beloved movies of anyone and in anywhere in the world.
'the world of apu' is not only my personal favorite of the apu trilogy, but along with the stars, the moon, and the air that i breathe - it is one of my favorite things in the world.
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The DVD release contains no extra features; the print quality is good; the movie is remarkable. Too bad Criterion didn't get the Apu Trilogy, but it is essential for film... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by C. Rubin
The Apu trilogy is compulsory viewing for whoever is seriously interested in foreign cinema. This is the touching story of Apu, an Indian boy, from small child to early adulthood. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Callas fan
Let me break the suspense early .... this is just the most beautiful movie. It flows without a glitch and most of the time I forgot I was watching a movie. Read morePublished on May 21 2002 by A. Krishnan
Satyajit Ray is just perfect in this 1959 classic and the last of Apu Trilogy.
Leaving his disturbing past,Apu is now working in Calcutta. Read more
We see a young couple getting up. Later they go to a movie. And then we know that they're in love in a way that has never been shown before (or after) in film history.Published on Oct. 9 2000 by hauman
In my opinion, this is the best of the Apu trilogy films. Such a delicate theme, so well portrayed, so well acted - Ray's genius touches every nerve in one's soul.Published on March 3 2000 by Indradeep Ghosh
It is incredibly difficult to review any film by Satyavit Ray because he is an artist without peer...director, screen writer, composer. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 1999