The World of Apu (1960)


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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Apu is a young bureaucrat who takes time off work to attend his cousins wedding. The marriage has been arranged some fifteen years earlier, but the bridegroom throws a fit and refuses to marry the girl. The girl would forever remain a spinster according to Indian custom, so the kind hearted Apu marries the girl to save her from a life of loneliness and disgrace.

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Critic Reviews for The World of Apu

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

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

Aug 14, 2012 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
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Great acting, remarkable use of locations, a humanistic ethos that's both wise and wary.

Aug 7, 2012 | Full Review…
Time Out
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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.

Oct 24, 2007 | Full Review…
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.

Oct 24, 2007 | Full Review…

An impressive capstone is put not only upon a touching human drama but also upon the development of a genuine artist's skill.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

What we sense all through The Apu Trilogy is a different kind of life than we are used to.

Mar 21, 2001 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 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
Stella Dallas

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