Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy": The World of Apu

Satyajit Ray hadn’t originally intended to make a trilogy of Apu films when he started Pather Panchali, but the richness of Apu’s journey demanded a concluding transition to adulthood. Apu is now a young man in Calcutta, a feckless idealist acquiring both debt and a beautiful (really beautiful) young wife with equally careless ease while trying to write the Great Indian Novel. But if Pather Panchali and Aparajito teach us anything, it’s that death and tragedy are never far away, so while Apu finds his first true taste of blissful happiness, so too does he experience the depths of despair. The World of Apu can easily be viewed as a stand-alone work as well as a fitting conclusion to the trilogy, especially considering that first-timer Soumitra Chatterjee is superb as the grown Apu, his smile slowly revealing a depth of feeling that will break your heart.
Dir. Satyajit Ray, 1959, 35mm, 107 min.

Film restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project at the Academy Film Archive with funding from the Film Foundation. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

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