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Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1960)

Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)



Critic Consensus: Achingly poignant, beautifully shot, and evocatively atmospheric, The World of Apu closes out Satyajit Ray's classic trilogy on a high note.

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Originally released in India as Apur Sansar, The World of Apu was the last of Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy." Pather Panchali (1955) covered Apu's early years in his native village, while Aparajito (1956) detailed his school years and the tragedy that temporarily brought him back home. Now Apu (Soumitra Chatterjee), having abandoned college due to lack of money, hopes to find success as a writer. He is sidetracked from this goal when he meets Aparna (Sharmila Tagore), whose impending wedding is canceled when the groom turns out to be mentally unstable. To save Aparna from a custom-dictated life of spinsterhood, Apu marries her himself. When she dies giving birth, the grieving Apu cannot bring himself to meet his son, and in fact deserts the boy for five years before learning how to gracefully accept his lot in life. Like the other entries in the trilogy, The World of Apu was based on Bibhutibhusan Bandopadhaya's semi-autobiographical novel Aparajito. In the manner typical of his earlier works, director Ray adopts a straightforward, realistic approach, avoiding any sort of attention-getting directorial techniques, the better to simply tell his story. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, Satyajit Ray
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On DVD: Oct 28, 2003


Soumitra Chatterjee
as Apurba Kumar Roy (Ap...
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Critic Reviews for Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

The World of Apu completes, in alternations of suffering and joy, one of the most vital and abundant movies ever made.

Full Review… | August 14, 2012
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Great acting, remarkable use of locations, a humanistic ethos that's both wise and wary.

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Director Satyajit Ray, with greater technical means, makes the truth of his relationships and the revelation of India the main trumps of the film. Wit, tenderness and intrinsic human revelations illuminate this unusual film.

Full Review… | October 24, 2007
Top Critic

Though the rhythm of the storytelling is choppy and Apu himself seems incompletely realized, the first appearance of the remarkable Sharmila Tagore as his well-to-do bride upgrades the film's middle section.

Full Review… | October 24, 2007
Chicago Reader
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An impressive capstone is put not only upon a touching human drama but also upon the development of a genuine artist's skill.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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What we sense all through The Apu Trilogy is a different kind of life than we are used to.

Full Review… | March 21, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)


"The World of Apu" is a very hard movie to get into, due to it's drab feel and slow-moving storytelling, but it's a fantastic story that everyone really needs to see, because the material covered needs to be in the mids of everyone to learn life lessons before they make the mistakes themselves and ruin their lives. Once this film feels like it's back on a happy track, it falls apart in a shocking twist. I wouldn't go as far as to calling it a great classic, but it is very well told and it is an essential film on critics lists after doing some research after my viewing of this picture. It's pretty well-written and well-acted. A very solid true-to-life picture.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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i loved how it came full circle but pather panchali is still my favorite

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

I cant decide whether this or Pather Panchali is the best of the trilogy. It's certainly most existential. full review to come.

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