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The Apu trilogy is a series of three films directed by Satyajit Ray.
After the death of Apu's sister, the family move to the holy city of Benares, but their finances are still precarious.
This trilogy is considered by critics around the globe to rank among the greatest achievements of Indian film, and is established as one of the most historically important cinematic debuts.
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  Apu Nahasapeemapetilon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Apu and Manjula have a mostly happy marriage, despite understandable marital problems caused by Apu's workaholic nature (he seems to be at his post around the clock), the strain of caring for eight children, and two instances of infidelity by Apu.
In addition to being Brahmins, Apu and Manjula appear to be Tamil owing to their first names and especially dark complexion; however, Apu has also been shown to be Bengali, which would be consistent with the title of Apu's sketch in the episode "22 Short Films About Springfield", "The Jolly Bengali".
Apu's friendship with the McCartneys caused him to be referred to by some (mainly himself) as "The Fifth Beatle".
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 Satyajit Ray
A young Apu (Subir Bannerjee) is sent to a village school in order to learn the religious rites of his father's profession, and Durga (Uma Das Gupta), approaching the age of marriage, continues to smuggle fruit to her great aunt Indir.
Embodied through the maturation of Apu at the turn of the century, Ray creates an insightful social commentary on a profoundly changing culture, reflected through Apu's dilemma between traditional and modern education; his decision to leave home in order to further his studies; his part-time job at a printing press.
Apu's marriage to Aparna proves to be well suited, as the young couple settle into a blissful domestic life.
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 Apu trilogy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Apu trilogy is a series of three films directed by Satyajit Ray.
This trilogy is considered by critics around the globe to rank among the greatest achievements of Indian film, and is established as one of the most historically important cinematic debuts.
He watches the Apu trilogy on successive nights in a state of rapt absorption.
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 Exploring Apu's world
This first film of the trilogy is the story of his family, of the world that he comes from, and of life in rural Bengal in the early decades of the last century.
Apu, who dominates the two later films in the trilogy, is a child in the first one, dependent for his survival on the adults of his family and his didi (elder sister).
As Apu grows up in the novel, making his way through middle and high school on the back of scholarships and his mother's meagre resources, the stress is on his young mind drinking in the mysteries unfolding through his reading in the school library and on his friendships and his relationships with his teachers.
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 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Aparajito at Epinions.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
His wife dies in the final movie that concludes the trilogy, and each is portrayed by the director as a death in the family.
Apu’s mother has gone through so many changes that went for the worse, that you can see on her face the longing to hold on to things as they are, lest they become even worse, but that is not forthcoming.
Sarbojaya's desire for Apu to stay with her is also understandable because she desperately wants to keep her last remaining treasure with her, not because she wants to restrict Apu in any way.
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 #41: The World of Apu (Apur Sansar)
To save her, Apu is recruited as a "substitute bridegroom." The second act, which has an almost-playful tone, details Apu and Aparna's married life -- how they initially come together as strangers then grow to love and understand one another.
Apu and Aparna's gentle relationship is punctuated by bursts of pathos and comedy, but their union is so effectively crafted that it's easy for the viewer to lose him- or herself in the simple beauty of Ray's world.
The World of Apu (Apur Sansar) concludes one of the greatest film series of all time, Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy," which chronicles the life of one Bengali boy as he traverses the road from childhood through adolescence to maturity.
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 The World of Apu (1959) - A Review by David Nusair
Fortunately (or unfortunately, as Apu initially sees it), the groom has a terrible case of cold feet and as the bride's family believes it's bad luck not to get married on one's wedding day, they ask Apu if he wouldn't mind marrying her.
Given that Apu has been developing as a character for two films prior to this one, he's become a figure that it's virtually impossible not to root for.
With the Apu trilogy coming to a close, it's obvious that one three-hour film would've been preferable to this trio of overlong movies.
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 ToxicUniverse.com - Satyajit Ray's Masterpiece: The Apu Trilogy - Sooner or later, all movie lovers must come to ...
Apu’s obvious fascination with the train foretells change in the family traditions, as he is destined to travel his own path.
Thus, Apu’s first encounter with Death is very childlike—coming as no surprise to the audience since Auntie hints strongly that she’s not long for this world, Apu can only stare at her with mouth open.
The Apu Trilogy remains one of the most remarkable accomplishments in film history, and the only reason we generally don’t hear as much about it as a number of other neorealistic works is that relatively few people have seen Ray’s work.
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 The Apu Trilogy written and directed by Satyajit Ray
Apu is asked to be the groom and agrees, despite some initial resistance.
It is difficult to exaggerate the artistic beauty of the Apu Trilogy, which has some astonishingly poetic and haunting imagery that resonates long after specific details of the films’ plots have faded from the one’s more immediate memory.
Apu and Durga’s discovery of the train outside their village or Durga’s joyous dance in the first monsoon rains in Pather Panchali; Sarbajaya’s emotional pain as she tries to come to terms with her son’s longer absences from home in Aparajito; and the extraordinary intimacy of the newly-married Apu and Aparna in Apu Sansar.
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 :: rogerebert.com :: Great Movies :: The Apu Trilogy (xhtml)
Here begins the story of Apu when he is a boy, living with his parents, older sister and ancient aunt in the ancestral village to which his father, a priest, has returned despite the misgivings of the practical mother.
Soumitra Chatterjee, who plays Apu, shares her innocent delight, and when she dies in childbirth it is the end of his innocence and, for a long time, of his hope.
When Apu's mother angers at her and tells her to leave, notice the way she appears at the door of another relative, asking, "Can I stay?" She has no home, no possessions except for her clothes and a bowl, but she never seems desperate because she embodies complete acceptance.
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 Review: The World of Apu (Apur Sansar)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Ray, a masterfully accomplished director, is at the height of his powers with this film, one of the most equally wrenching, uplifting, and cathartic motion pictures I have experienced.
Not only are we afforded the opportunity to observe the kind of man the protagonist has ultimately become, but we see how his cumulative experience coalesces to influence the most monumental decision of his life.
The "Apu Trilogy" is a true masterpiece, and The World of Apu is its crown jewel.
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 Amazon.ca: World Of Apu: DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Apu's ancestral family home has been destroyed; he has lost his sister, father and mother and is now living alone next to a noisy railway.
Apu's casual defiance when he turns on the lights amused me because I'm always turning on lights and my husband is always turning them off.
The Apu Trilogy immerses your mind in a world of contemplation and I could not help thinking that Apu was on some journey towards enlightenment.
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 GreenCine | product main - The World of Apu [Apur Sansar] (1959)
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.
Tender with a meditative pace, the Apu trilogy is a prolonged study of Brahmin life in Bengal in the early twentieth century.
All in all a tragic trilogy that somehow embraces life as it once was in India and leaves one with a feeling of acceptance.
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 The Apu Trilogy - Pather panchali, Aparajito
All three films of the trilogy are organized by an open form: the progression of events is episodic and interest in the narrative derives from character and location rather than from the dynamics of plot.
As son and daughter (Apu and Durga) run to the edge of the village to watch a steam train, the camera registers soft white tufts of flax waving in the air.
In the Apu Trilogy, Ray leaves the outcome of the migration open: Apu has not yet made his peace with the brisk anonymous ways of the city as, later, the protagonist of Seemabaddha is to embrace the city's modernity.
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 World Of Apu   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
When Apu's mother is happy, the water skates and dragonflies dance an insect version of happiness, and the gleaming river behind Apu (in Apur Sansar) while Apu debates whether to marry his friends cousin, signifies both the burden of the moment and the flow of time into which individual moments run indistinguishably.
The Apu Trilogy, made over a period of eight years and not originally conceived as a trilogy, had a profound effect on filmmaking within India and on the attention paid to Indian films outside India.
During the filming of the Trilogy Ray and his cameraman, Subrata Mitra, made remarkable experiments towards recreating the effect of daylight on sets (by bouncing lights off of cotton sheeting stretched above the set), the Apu Trilogy however did not constitute innovation in cinematic technique; the excellence of the Trilogy derived from its tact.
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 Retrospectives: THE APU TRILOGY
The son, born at the start of the trilogy, is Apu -- he remains our guide to the end.
The trilogy is not built on them in any normal way.
It is about the smile on the father's face when he smokes his pipe, or eats the skin off the top of his warm milk.
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 Apu Trilogy :: SatyajitRay.org
Apu's mother decides to return with Apu to the countryside.
Apu blames the infant for its mother's death and refuses to see it.
The Apu Trilogy, "Art wedded to truth must, in the end, have its rewards".
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 Indian Cinema Database: Satyajith Ray   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
As Apu's mother falls ill, he reaches too late because he is delayed by his exams.
Apu gives up his studies and starts hunting for a job but in vain.
Apu blames the infant for its mother's death and refuses to see it and leaves the child to grow with his grand-parents.
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 MetroActive Movies | Satyajit Ray
His Apu Trilogy regularly turns up on the list of the best films ever made, but at the time of his death, it had been 10 years or more since he'd had a United States distributor, and the original prints of his films were in bad shape.
The films chart the childhood and manhood of Apu (played at various stages by Subir Bannerjee, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Smaran Ghosal and Soumitra Chatterjee), who grows up in a small village with a loving and improvident father and a mother whose various losses begin to steer her toward depression.
Ray knew death too well to think of it as a blessing, or as God calling his loved ones home; and he knew his sweatshops too well to be convinced, as Dickens was, that all the employers needed to do was to add a little kindness to the workers to end their essential misery.
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The Trilogy is three films that tell the tale of a boy's life from birth through manhood.
Scenes of Apu and his sister exploring their surroundings are among the most beautiful and memorable moments ever captured on film.
Apu and his family are now living in a new village along the banks of the holy Ganges River.
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 Xploited Cinema - APU TRILOGY, THE (3-DISCS)
APARAJITO (DISC 2):This film is the second installment to Satyajit Ray's celebrated "Apu Trilogy." Devastated by a family tragedy, 10-year-old Apu and his parents move to the sacred city of Benares, hoping to build a new life.
There, Apu excels in school and wins a scholarship to study at a college in Calcutta.
Apu and his delicate bride Aparna slowly fall in love, spending almost every moment together.
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Note that the word "trilogy" generally indicates three parts; note also that the omitted film, Aparajito, constitutes the middle of this particular trilogy, making the experience of watching movies one (Panther Panchali) and three (The World of Apu) in conjunction seem weirdly disconnected.
Mother is at the centre of the film, the one who keeps the tattered household in shape as father dreams of becoming a writer and sullen Durga gets into trouble; she also has to hold down the fort when father looks for work far from home.
Returning to the city, Apu and his new, beautiful wife Aparna form a bond of love that is shattered when she dies in childbirth; the grief-stricken Apu turns into a wanderer, shunning his son and hoping to bury himself in a loner's obscurity.
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 Pickled Politics » Much Apu About Nothing
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is the industrious convenience store-owner and one of the major cast characters, with several episodes revolving entirely around him.
Apu’s Indian-ness is apparent for all to see and yet he is great friends with all the other Springfielders, especially Homer.
Apu hasn’t sacrificed any of his cultural identity, he displays a statue of Ganesh proudly and is a strict vegan, yet he has become an integral cog in the small town somewhere in America’s heartland.
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 FILM REVIEW -- Apu Moves Toward Manhood / `Aparajito' explores mother-son bond
In ``Aparajito'' (The Unvanquished), the second installment in his Apu Trilogy, Indian film maker Satyajit Ray created one of the screen's great family tales -- the story of a mother's love for her son, and the son's conflicting need for adventure and independence.
Ray captures the brave smile on Sarbajaya's face as she waves good-by; when Apu's back is turned, the smile evaporates, and her face grows tense with the fear of loneliness.
In some ways, Ray was telling his own story in the Apu Trilogy, although he based it on a pair of novels by Bengali writer Bibhutibhusan Banerjee.
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 Rotten Tomatoes Forums - The World of Apu - now my favorite of the Apu trilogy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
I feel that in the final chapter of the trilogy, the character interactions are even more polished and absorbing than in the excellent first two installments.
Ray does a wonderful job of showing why it could be a good move for Apu and for the wife (who would otherwise be considered cursed by everybody), but alternately how much of a risk he is taking in such a spur of the moment decision.
I saw the trilogy backwards (and the review was written before I'd seen the first two parts).
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Its story of a boy, Apu, growing up in the Indian countryside, examines the workings of family and community with a naturalism and grace still unsurpassed.
Ray creates a drama around the very meaning of the word education, taking Apu out of his limited existence and introducing the boy to the troubled life of the modernized world and the vanity and pain of the intellect.
The grown-up Apu is played elegantly by Soumitra Chatterjee, who would become Ray’s frequent alter-ego, and the young bride is embodied by Sharmila Tagore in one of the most disarming female characterizations on film.
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 Artificial Eye -The Apu Trilogy- ART230 DVD
The Apu trilogy is the most celebrated work of Satyajit Ray, the greatest filmmaker ever to have emerged from Indian 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.
'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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