Apur Sansar Film Still

Apur Sansar

Satyajit Ray

 
  • India
  • 1959
  • 106 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Bengali
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  • Spine #785

By the time Apur Sansar was released, Satyajit Ray had directed not only the first two Apu films but also the masterpiece The Music Room, and 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.

Cast

ApuSoumitra Chatterjee
AparnaSharmila Tagore
Kajal, Apu’s son Alok Chakraborty
Pulu, Apu’s friendSwapan Mukherjee
Sasinarayan, Pulu’s uncleDhiresh Majumdar
Sasinarayan’s wifeSefalika Devi
LandlordDhiren Ghosh
BridegroomTusar Banerjee
Murari, Aparna’s brotherAbhijit Chatterjee

Credits

DirectorSatyajit Ray
Produced bySatyajit Ray
ScreenplaySatyajit Ray
Based on the novel Aparajito by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee
CoproducerAminyanath Mukherji
Original music Ravi Shankar
CinematographySubrata Mitra
Art directorBansi Chandragupta
EditorDulal Dutta
Sound recordistDurgadas Mitra
Production managerAnil Choudhury

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and L’Immagine Ritrovata, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview program with actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore
  • “The Apu Trilogy”: A Closer Look, a new program featuring filmmaker, producer, and teacher Mamoun Hassan
  • Footage of director Satyajit Ray receiving an honorary Oscar in 1992
  • New programs on the restoration of The Apu Trilogy by filmmaker :: kogonada
  • New English subtitle translation

Film Essays

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The Apu Trilogy: Behind the Universal

By Girish Shambu November 19, 2015

Satyajit Ray’s long-heralded cinematic achievement was influenced by European cinema but also grew out of long-standing Indian artistic tradition.
Read more »


Film Essays

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The Apu Trilogy: Every Common Sight

By Terrence Rafferty November 17, 2015

Satyajit Ray began his filmmaking career by offering a vision of the young Apu, the character he would go on to follow throughout the three films of his stunning breakthrough epic. Read more »

Dispatches

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Returnings to Life: The Apu Trilogy in Buffalo

By Girish Shambu December 29, 2015

One refrain often heard in discussions of twenty-first-century film culture is a lament for the loss of social film viewing. While we celebrate the fact that digital technologies have given us . . . Read more »


Video


Video

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Resurrecting The Apu Trilogy

November 30, 2015

This month marked the long-awaited release of The Apu Trilogy on DVD and Blu-ray. Now that Satyajit Ray’s dazzling epic is back out in its original glory, take a look back at the painstaking . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries


Film Essays

1407_142_thumbnail

The Apu Trilogy: Behind the Universal

By Girish Shambu November 19, 2015

Satyajit Ray’s long-heralded cinematic achievement was influenced by European cinema but also grew out of long-standing Indian artistic tradition.
Read more »


Film Essays

27905id_218_thumbnail

The Apu Trilogy: Every Common Sight

By Terrence Rafferty November 17, 2015

Satyajit Ray began his filmmaking career by offering a vision of the young Apu, the character he would go on to follow throughout the three films of his stunning breakthrough epic. Read more »

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