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Apu Trilogy ( Aparajito / Pather Panchali / Apur Sansar ) ( The Unvanquished / Song of the Road / The World of Apu ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ]


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  • Actors: Ajay Mitra, Charuprakash Ghosh, Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Pinaki Sengupta
  • Directors: Satyajit Ray
  • Format: Import, PAL, Box set, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Studio: World Cinema
  • Run Time: 333 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LSYIMM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,215 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The Apu trilogy is the most celebrated work of Satyajit Ray, the greatest filmmaker ever to have emerged from India cinema. The three films - each a masterpiece in its own right - are enormously touching in their simplicity, emotional sweep and visual beauty and established Ray in the pantheon of the world's finest directors. 'Pather Panchali', Ray's extraordinarily accomplished debut feature, begins the story of Apu, a young boy born into a poor but loving family in rural Bengal, and continues in 'Aparajito', when adolescence and his growing independence bring both joy and sorrow. 'The World of Apu', the final and most profoundly moving chapter in the trilogy, encompasses the extremes of joy and despair, ultimately reaching a conclusion that is among the most uplifting and life-affirming in cinema.

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Here Apu is growing up and overcoming all odds in life.
Dr Anup K Das
This was my favorite of the three Apu films, perhaps because it has the most time without prolonged misery.
ixta_coyotl
This film was shot beautifully and is really a great example of marvelous storytelling.
D. Pawl

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on March 21, 2007
Format: DVD
This is the second installment in the "Apu Trilogy," by masterful Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray.
Apu (Pinaki Sengupta, as the young Apu and Smaran Ghosal, as the adolescent) has relocated with his mother (Karuna Bannerjee) and father (Kanu Bannerjee) to Banares. Apu's father is working as a medicine man there, and Apu is very ambitious to start school with the other young boys. This follows the life of this family, its joys, struggles and the choice Apu must make to either pursue the life of his father (as a priest) or venture out to Calcutta, as a scholarship student, to build a foundation for himself.

This film was shot beautifully and is really a great example of marvelous storytelling. Also, the acting is brilliant. The two young men who portray Apu as a child and a young man are wonderful and engaging--particularly Pinaki Sengupta whose eyes say so much in the scenes between him and his parents that there is very little need for dialogue. Beautiful.......
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7 of 7 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. His film , Aparajito, is one of the Apu trilogy (be sure to see all three including "The World of Apu" and "Pather Panchali"). This is a luminous depiction of a family tragedy. But like other of Ray's films, it leads to a personal "epiphany", a deeper understanding of the meaning of our lives.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 7, 2004
Format: DVD
This is the second film in director Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy and is best viewed after Pather Panchali and followed by The World of Apu. Harihar (Kanu Bannerjee) takes his wife, Sarbajaya (Karuna Bannerjee) and their son Apu to live in Benares. Their family home has been destroyed in the monsoon and with the loss of their daughter, they are struggling to cope emotionally as well as financially.

I found this movie to be more about the struggle Sarbajaya (Apu's mother) faces on a daily basis. She is an example of a woman who has given up her desires for the good of her family. As she cares for her family on a daily basis you can see how she is sinking into the darkest of depression. Not only is she terribly lonely, she does not fully recover from the loss of her daughter. While she is surrounded by members of her immediate community, she seems to strangely isolated and alone and the unfulfilled desires of her heart seem to weave an invisible and yet debilitating cocoon around her soul.

Throughout this movie, her sacrifice becomes even more beautiful as it allows Apu to see some of his own dreams come to fruition. Apu's father makes his living reading sacred texts by the shores of the Ganges River and then suddenly falls ill. Apu must continue his education and find his own way in this harsh world.

I love the scene where Apu pretends to miss the train and when his mother worries about what they are feeding him at school. The first few scenes also show birds sitting on umbrellas and then taking off suddenly. Could this be a foreshadowing for the situation in which Apu finally finds himself? I found these movies have quite a few "foreshadowing" moments that I only recognized on the second viewing. Which is why the Apu Trilogy must be watched more than once to be fully appreciated. These are finely woven stories that deal with the deepest human issues we all must face at some point in our lives.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on June 21, 2006
Format: DVD
This was the second entry of a famous Trilogy (Panther Pancahli was the first one and The world of Apu the last one). Satyajit Ray was essentially, a poet of the image, an untiring searcher of the total expression about cinema means. His notable traveling, his expressive close ups, the admirable sense of the contrasts, that confers him a superb status among the giants of the world cinema.

Aparajito is fundamentally, the story of a boy who becomes a man through a rigorous process of growing up. After his father's death. Apu decides to study in Calcutta, despite the ferrous opposition of his mother; so against all odds, he makes the journey(once more the unerring mythic seed beneath the plot), and he demonstrates to be a very clever and intelligent pupil. The adolescence is by definition, an age of sudden changes, meditations and doubts. Far from his birth land he will know and deal with those little miseries of the life but also with the significance of the personal effort as a continuous work in progress.

Arresting images, sharp contrasts with the Ganges river working out as a big frame, a realist script with towering performances make of this movie one of the best films in cinema's story without a bit of doubt.

A must-see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "dilip" on April 7, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is something I've found common to all Satyajit Ray movies: they're very simple; they deal with everyday life (well everyday for an Indian in the 50s, I guess) and ordinary people. There are no larger-than life heroes, or villains for that matter; he doesn't talk about memorable events or catastrophes; no dramatic tales of lovers fighting to survive the trials of cruel fate... and yet he manages to touch you very deeply. Personally, I don't understand a word of Bengali (which is the language most of his films are in), yet his movies have a lot of impact. I highly recommend this and any other Satyajit Ray movie you can get your hands on.
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