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The World of Apu

Apur Sansar

Directed by Satyajit Ray
India, 1959


By the time Apur Sansar was released, Satyajit Ray was well on his way to becoming a legend, and this extraordinary final chapter of The Apu Trilogy brings our protagonist’s journey full circle, with Apu now in his early twenties, out of college, and hoping to live as a writer.

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The World of Apu Directed by Satyajit Ray
The World of Apu finds Ray in total control of the frame, even using objects and people that exist independent of his direction to deepen the sense of Apu’s wanderlust and conflicting desires for isolation and belonging.
November 22, 2015
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When the tone of Apur Sansar shifts so dramatically halfway through, we’ve been with Apu, and with Ray, so long that the change of register feels entirely natural: the films’ rhythm is strong and sure enough to carry us along.
November 17, 2015
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[The Apu trilogy breathes] like no movies before them, and few movies since. Bandyopadhyay’s novels were rooted in a deep sense of place, and heritage — they were specific to the Indian reality. Ray’s films initially ground themselves in that same reality, but use it as a springboard to portray a universal coming-of-age tale, one that could easily travel across borders.
July 16, 2015
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