The Apu Trilogy details
|Starring:||Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Pinaki Sen Gupta|
|Genres:||Bollywood, Drama - Romantic, World Cinema - Korean|
Apu Trilogy, Pather Panchali
|TBC Disc 1|
The Apu Trilogy Aparajito
|TBC Disc 2|
The Apu Trilogy World of Apu
|TBC Disc 3|
|Run time:||5 hours 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Jan 2003|
Most helpful review
A poetic, uplifting and moving trilogy of filmsBy Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 23 Mar 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]It is difficult to put into words the almost overwhelming experience that these three films can bring to the viewer. I had seen the first film a couple of times and now dvd has made it possible to see the trilogy of films one after the other. The story is the deceptively simple one of Apu growing up in poverty in rural India, moving to the city to study and his subsequent marriage and work in the India of the 1950's. The director Ray, working with minimal resources, quite simply produces a masterwork. He has a painter's eye and the black and white images are simply ravishing. In fact, everyone involved in these films deserves the highest praise, not least Ravi Shankar for the music. I have never been to India but every frame of these films seem to be saturated with the reality of life in this poor country. A way of life that has probably gone on relatively unchanged for centuries. So much so that the presence of a train produces in Apu feelings of tremendous excitement and you can sense the great continent opening up to him. Without giving anything away there are two deaths in each film and they are incredibly moving in their presentation on screen. One of these is a spiritual death rather than a physical one and leads to a re-birth. Intrigued? Take a rental and be amazed at the power of these wonderful films.
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Still outstandingBy Geofbob (40 reviews) , 23 Dec 2012These three films are simply among the finest ever made; and perhaps THE finest in the poetic realist idiom. They contain some of the most moving moments ever recorded on celuloid; the action ranges from tragedy to childish fun; and the acting & technical aspects (including Ravi Shankar's music) are almost faultless. Viewing all three is an incredibly uplifting experience.
Film: Panther PanchaliBy SimonZohhadi (15 reviews) from England , 28 May 2012This film has limited appeal and will not entertain the masses. This does not mean it is a bad film, nor is it high-brow. It portrays the lives of villagers, focusing on one family and themes of poverty, tradition & custom, the treatment of others, death, optimism and pessimism. The acting (if they are acting !) is excellent. Overall, an interesting low-budget film but perhaps not the masterpiece others claim it to be.
don't miss itBy quintus (52 reviews) from Witney , 29 Nov 2011If you have never seen the Apu trilogy - then I urge you to do so. It's the perfect antidote to film-weariness being a masterpiece of a wise and compassionate film-maker's art - its observations of the life of Apu, its struggling hero, are observations about all our lives.
Pathor PanchaliBy cathsk (1 review) from Banbridge , 26 Oct 2011Justly hailed as a masterpiece on its release 'Pathor Panchali' remains one of the greatest films ever made. It is hard to believe but this film was Satyajit Ray's debut and most of the cast were non-actors. One of the professionals was the old Indian actress Chunibala who plays Auntie and she is quite simply marvellous, as indeed are all the cast.
Ray went on to become one of the most celebrated directors
in cinema history, making one great movie after another but none to surpass this film which is surely the greatest debut of any director.
Apu's story - Bengal to-dayBy a customer , 22 Sep 2011For me, this was watching again the trilogy which I saw in the cinema in the late 50s. Get past the 50s filming technology, it is still a lovely film to watch in the 21st century and, sadly, in many aspects still true to-day. I believe that younger viewers can come to this film as we did 50 years ago and appreciate its story and Ray's artistry.