Satyajit Ray's birth centenary celebration
Watching Apu’s life unfold is like gazing through a window into a rare and unique world.
Director: Satyajit Ray
Cast includes: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore
106 Mins/ 1959 / India, Subtitles
By the time Apur Sansar was released, Satyajit Ray was well on his way to becoming a legend. This extraordinary final chapter brings our protagonist’s journey full circle. Apu is now in his early twenties, out of college, and hoping to live as a writer. Alongside his professional ambitions, the film charts his romantic awakening, which occurs as the result of a most unlikely turn of events, and his eventual, fraught fatherhood.
Featuring soon to be Ray regulars Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore in star-making performances, and demonstrating Ray’s ever more impressive skills as a crafter of pure cinematic imagery, Apur Sansar is a moving conclusion to this monumental trilogy.
The two other films in the trilogy are screening earlier in the season:
You can still enjoy the films as standalone pieces, without having seen the earlier films in the trilogy.
You may also be interested in Satyajit Ray's next feature, from 1963: Mahanagar (The Big City), which screens on Sunday 3 October.
Follow the triumphs and frustrations of Arat, living the life of a modern Indian woman in contemporary '60s Kolkata.
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