The Apu Trilogy: The World of Apu

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SIFF Says:

By the time THE WORLD OF APU, also known as Apur Sansar, was released, Satyajit Ray had directed not only the first two Apu films but also the masterpiece THE MUSIC ROOM, and was well on his way to becoming a legend. This extraordinary final chapter brings our protagonist’s journey full circle. Apu is now in his early twenties, out of college, and hoping to live as a writer. Alongside his professional ambitions, the film charts his romantic awakening, which occurs as the result of a most unlikely turn of events, and his eventual, fraught fatherhood. Featuring soon-to-be Ray regulars Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore in star-making performances, and showing Ray’s ever more impressive skills as a crafter of pure cinematic imagery, THE WORLD OF APU is a breathtaking conclusion to this monumental trilogy. The final part of Sansar’s trilogy is presented in a brand new 4K restoration.

Stranger Says:

: Apu is now a young adult writer living in poverty (of course). Never having been in love, he allows himself to be drawn into an arranged marriage with his friend’s sister. Watching them get married and then fall in love, Satyajit Ray manages to make them one of the most romantic couples in cinematic history. But the Apu films are more about reality than romance, so happiness is balanced by tragedy. This is the worthy culmination of a powerful series of films. (ANDY SPLETZER)

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Film Credits
Satyajit Ray
Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Swapan Mukherjee, Alok Chakravarty
SIFF 2015