MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 16,385 this week

The World of Apu (1959)
"Apur Sansar" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  4 October 1960 (USA)
7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 5,392 users  
Reviews: 30 user | 54 critic

Apu is a jobless former student dreaming vaguely of a future as a writer. An old college friend talks him into a visit up-country to a village wedding. This changes his life, for when the ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(original story "Aparajito"), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 30 Nov 2011
 
list image
a list of 38 titles
created 10 Jun 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 24 Dec 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The World of Apu (1959)

The World of Apu (1959) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The World of Apu.
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Biswambhar Roy is a zamindar (landlord) and the last of his kind. With the title, he has none of the perquisites, inheriting diminishing lands that are being eroded by the neighbouring ... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar, Gangapada Basu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A taxi driver attempts to introduce his cab service in rural Bengal against many odds.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Soumitra Chatterjee, Ruma Guha Thakurta
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

In mediaeval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyôko Kagawa
The Adversary (1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young college graduate is struggling to find a job. He lives in a flat with his younger, employed sister, revolutionary brother and widowed mother. The strain of the situation ultimately causes him to hallucinate.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Dhritiman Chatterjee, Asgar Ali, Arabinda Banerjee
Ordet (1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

How do we understand faith and prayer, and what of miracles? August 1925 on a Danish farm. Patriarch Borgen has three sons: Mikkel, a good-hearted agnostic whose wife Inger is pregnant, ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Stars: Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye
Late Spring (1949)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society.

Director: F.W. Murnau
Stars: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Dipankar Dey
Tokyo Story (1953)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura
The Middleman (1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After months of unemployment, recent college graduate Somnath enters business as a middleman, but he finds out when success means finding a client's weak spot, the price is more than mere ... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Pradip Mukherjee, Rafiq Ahmed, S. Bagchi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

En route to Delhi to receive an award, a Bengali film star reevaluates his success through his fellow passengers, dreams and past experiences.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Uttam Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Bireswar Sen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Four brothers converge around an ailing father.

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Ajit Banerjee, Haradhan Bannerjee, Soumitra Chatterjee
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Soumitra Chatterjee ...
Apurba Roy (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay)
Sharmila Tagore ...
Alok Chakravarty ...
Kajal (as Shriman Alok Chakraborty)
Swapan Mukherjee ...
Pulu (as Swapan Mukhopadhyay)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tushar Bandyopadhyay
Gupi Banerjee ...
(as Gupi Bandyopadhyay)
Panchanan Bhattacharya
Shanti Bhattacherjee ...
Office Associate
Jiten Bhons
Abhijit Chatterjee ...
Aparna's Brother (as Abhijit Chattopadhyay)
Jogesh Chatterjee ...
(as Jogesh Chattopadhyay)
Asha Devi
Belarani Devi ...
Apu's Neighbor (as Belarani)
Sefalika Devi ...
Shashinarayan's wife
Biren Ghosh
Edit

Storyline

Apu is a jobless former student dreaming vaguely of a future as a writer. An old college friend talks him into a visit up-country to a village wedding. This changes his life, for when the bridegroom turns out to be mad, Apu's friend asks him to become the husband. After initial revulsion at the idea, Apu agrees. Apu takes his exquisite bride, Aparna, back to Calcutta. But Aparna dies while giving birth, Apu leaves Calcutta, crazy with grief, and his son Kajal is left abandoned with his wife's parents. Only after a long period of total indifference to worldly responsibilities, does Apu become capable of returning to the world. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 October 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The World of Apu  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Gross:

$16,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rated as one of the best 100 films of all time by the Time Magazine in 2005. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Seul le cinéma (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The final episode of the Apu Trilogy
11 November 1998 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

The final episode of the Trilogy takes us to a young adult Apu. Received the British Film Award which Sathyajits' other two episodes (Song of the Road, Unvanquished) also received.

This movie together with the other two movies are a monumental work in movie making. The way the story is portrayed, and the use of many details, enrich the emotional experience it provides. One can recall the way the screen of the movie theatre fades into the window of the horse carriage, or the way the hole on the window curtain reverberates with the spotted decorations on the actress face and etc.

This a "must see" movie for all, in the different ways emotions are expressed and the way it takes the audience in a roller coater ride of emotions. It is an enriching and a moving experience. It reinforces and reinvigorates the humanity within each of us.

To enjoy the movie most, viewers should see the first two episodes in sequence before viewing "Apur Sangsar."


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Best of the trilogy? anuj016
the greatest achievement in cinema apursansar
IMDB - Director listing XM1973
Are these films availible in Region 1 DVD? fistjedi
DVD? tipp122
tv listing tim-wilde-1
Discuss The World of Apu (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?