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The World of Apu (1959) – the last part of The Apu Trilogy

3 June 2015 12:43 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

There is a most beautiful moment in Apur Sansar (“The World of Apu”) where Apu (Soumitra Chatterjee) stands looking at a sunset.  When the camera focuses on him, however, we can see the moonrise over his shoulder.  It can’t help but make me think of that famous and oft-quoted phrase of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa:

“The quiet but deep observation, understanding and love of the human race, which are characteristic of all his films, have impressed me greatly. … I feel that he is a “giant” of the movie industry. Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon.”

This is especially true of the final film in the Apu Trilogy, Apur Sansar.  In it, Ray gives us an adult Apu – alone in the world after the death of his mother, leaving his studies because he no longer can afford them, »

- Katherine Matthews

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