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The World of Apu (1995)

Soumitra Chatterjee , Sharmila Tagore , Satyajit Ray  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee, Tushar Bandyopadhyay
  • Directors: Satyajit Ray
  • Writers: Satyajit Ray, Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay
  • Producers: Satyajit Ray, Aminyanath Mukherji
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CABBM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,671 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The World of Apu" on IMDb

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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.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a criminal treatment of a classic film October 30, 2003
By A. Roy
i'm questioning whether they did anything at all but take the existing vhs edition and simply transfer it to dvd. compared to the vhs edition, one can still find the same scratches and grainy picture quality, the same sub-par sound, and the same embarrassingly inaccurate subtitle translations.
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.
criterion, are you out there?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films of all time! October 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
It is incredibly difficult to review any film by Satyavit Ray because he is an artist without peer...director, screen writer, composer. Unlike so many Hollywood films, Ray's films seem real, not contrived and stike at the core of our feelings. The "World of Apu" is one of the Apu trilogy including also "Aparajito" and "Pather Panchali". Okay, these are black and white films with old soundtracks. But this should not deter you from seeing these classic films. "The World of Apu" is my favorite. It is an incredibly poignant tale of a young man's personal tragedy and how he rediscovers life. It will carry a special meaning for anyone who has ever lost a loved one and worked through grief to hope.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic film! March 21, 2007
THE WORLD OF APU is the third in the "Apu Trilogy," by the late, great Indian filmmaker, Satyajit Ray.
This film follows the title character, Apu, as a young, un-employed writer (Soumitra Chatterjee), who is searching for work, all the while aspiring to write his first novel. Pulu (Swapan Mukherjee), Apu's best friend from secondary school, has a beautiful young cousin, Aparna (Shamila Tagore), who is engaged to be married. Pulu invites Apu to attend the wedding, only to discover the day of the ceremony that the groom is a madman. Apu is asked to marry the bride, since the wedding day is auspicious and if she doesn't get married at the decided day and time, she is destined to have a life filled with bad luck and unhappiness. Though Apu has never even been in a relationship with a woman, he agrees to marry Aparna to do (as he says) "the honorable thing."

This film takes a look at Apu, his life's struggles and hard deck of cards that life has cast his way. I don't want to ruin the plot details, so I won't elaborate. I will say that the performances are beautiful and the story is wonderfully told. It is at once heartbreaking and inspiring. Highly reccomended......
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satyajit Ray concludes the his beautiful Apu Trilogy February 4, 2004
Having lost his sister and his parents in the first two installments of "The Apu Trilogy," I made the mistake of thinking there was no one left for Apurba Roy (Soumitra Chatterjee) to lose, but Satyajit Ray proves in Apur Sansar ("The World of Apu") that such expectations are foolishness. At that start of this 1960 film Apu has left school before graduation, dreams about being a writer, and is three months behind in his rent, which forces him to sell some of his beloved books. Then Pulu (Swapan Mukherjee), an old college friend, convinces Apu to attend a village wedding. When the groom turns out to have gone insane because of the fasting and meditation in preparation for the wedding, Apu's friend suggests he become the groom so that the wedding can continue and the family's honor maintained. At first Apu dismisses the idea out of hand, but then relents because he does not want the young woman to be cursed forever, and gets married to the beautiful Aparna (14-year-old Sharmila Tagore).
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally strong and eloquent movie March 13, 2006
By Bomojaz
The third and final installment of Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy, it's about a young idealistic man who learns about reality and responsibility. Apu is a writer living (and starving) in Calcutta. With a friend he attends a wedding, but when the bridegroom goes insane, the wedding is called off. Apu, thinking he's doing a noble deed, marries the girl. Things between them look dubious at first, but they grow to love each other very much. When she dies in childbirth he sinks into deep depression and spends five years wandering around India like a hermit. But he has a son and though he thinks of abandoning him, he comes home finally to raise him. It's a very touching and moving film, and in it's quiet way, very emotional. Soumitra Chatterji is wonderful as Apu, and Sharmila Tagore is openly expressive as his wife. Seeing Apu with his son on his shoulders at the end of the movie is powerfully uplifting. One of the great movies in world cinema.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Empire 5 Star 500 - #49
What is the point of life? The point of life is to live it. This is the message this films effortlessly puts forth. This is the third and final installment of the Apu Trilogy. Read more
Published on June 24, 2011 by The Inquisitor
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Apur Sansar is a film that delights in little things. In the beginning of the film Apu's apartment is a disheveled mess, like most bachelors'. Read more
Published on August 26, 2010 by Cosmoetica
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic film!
THE WORLD OF APU is the third in the "Apu Trilogy," by the late, great Indian filmmaker, Satyajit Ray. Read more
Published on March 21, 2007 by D. Pawl
5.0 out of 5 stars The Indian Culture Will Sweep You Away!
Thanks to a pristine Indian audience, Satyrajit Ray (1921-92) created a trilogy where a ballet-like adagio becomes an art. Read more
Published on December 14, 2006 by Ruth Z. Deming
5.0 out of 5 stars The final experience!
The last Opus of Satyajit Ray conforms together with the other two entries, a memorable and historical achievement in cinema `s story. Read more
Published on June 22, 2006 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound conclusion as Apu becomes a man
If you have gone this far as to view all of Apu trilogy, you may have gathered some insight into the work of internationally known director Satyajit Ray who died in 1992. Read more
Published on July 27, 2005 by  RIZZO 
3.0 out of 5 stars Well done but depressing
I feel like an outsider on this site, surrounded by people who are Apu aficionados and love him from his two earlier films. Read more
Published on June 10, 2005 by LF
5.0 out of 5 stars Apu Faces the Realities of Existence and Finds Love
In Pather Panchali and Aparajito we watch Apu grow into manhood all while he seems to be very unaware of the exotic Indian women swirling about him in all their beauty. Read more
Published on April 7, 2004 by Rebecca of Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
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 more
Published on January 29, 2004 by C. Rubin
4.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of the Indian Cinema
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 more
Published on January 26, 2004 by Callas fan
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