Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)
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Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)
Apu, a college graduate living alone in an attic apartment in Calcutta, spends his time working on a novel aspiring to become a writer. He marries his friend's sister, as a favor, but his wife soon dies during childbirth. Apu refuses to see his son and, overcome by grief, leaves Calcutta and wanders through the countryside, renouncing everything. His old friend looks for him and finds him working at a remote coal mine and implores him to return and take responsibility for his son. He goes back and finds himself drawn to his five-year-old who is distrustful of him at first, but eventually,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The World of Apu completes, in alternations of suffering and joy, one of the most vital and abundant movies ever made."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Director Satyajit Ray forever changed the face of India's immense film industry with this uniquely personal, practically homemade, trilogy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Ray tells it in a matter of fact style, allowing the excellent acting and true emotion of the situation to speak for themselves."
‑ , Film4
"Though Ray does a fantastic job of creating a very specific atmosphere, the deliberate manner in which the story unfolds proves to be more of a hindrance than anything else."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Great acting, remarkable use of locations, a humanistic ethos that's both wise and wary."
‑ , Time Out
"An impressive capstone is put not only upon a touching human drama but also upon the development of a genuine artist's skill."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Humanist film-making at its best."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy is pure cinema."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A rich and insightful picture."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"What we sense all through The Apu Trilogy is a different kind of life than we are used to."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a classic filmed in an old-fashioned timeless way that never goes out of fashion."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"In many ways, the final chapter of the trilogy weaves the most compelling story"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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