Apur Sansar (1959)

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This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer.

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  • Soumitra Chatterjee in Apur Sansar (1959)
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  • Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore in Apur Sansar (1959)
  • Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore in Apur Sansar (1959)
  • Sharmila Tagore in Apur Sansar (1959)
  • Sharmila Tagore in Apur Sansar (1959)

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Director:

Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (original story "Aparajito"), Satyajit Ray (screenplay)

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25 July 2003 | griess
10
| A radical departure from the formula films of the 50's.
About midway through Apur Sansar there is an interjection of a film in the style of typical Indian cinema. The contrast in Ray's approach with his classic trilogy is astonishing, considering the mileau in which it emerged. Filmmaking in the 1950's in Hollywood as well as India was studio-driven with light-weight stories having little connection with reality. As another commentator pointed out, this film is closer to the Italian realism films such as "The Bicycle Thief". Every shot is a masterpiece of composition and lighting. It does not intrude on the story, but advances it. Likewise, the music composed by Ray, is natural and integral to the scene. This ranks with the all-time greatest watershed movies.

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