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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 (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CABBM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,061 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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In my opinion, this is the best of the Apu trilogy films.
Indradeep Ghosh
Apu did not want to "settle down"--now his life has been unsettled by fate-the whole world is now meaningless to him.
Debabrata Ghatak
It's a very touching and moving film, and in it's quiet way, very emotional.
Bomojaz

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. Roy on October 30, 2003
Format: DVD
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 By A Customer on October 22, 1999
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 By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on March 21, 2007
Format: DVD
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 By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 4, 2004
Format: DVD
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 By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on March 21, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
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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