The Apu Trilogy details
|Starring:||Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Pinaki Sen Gupta|
|Genres:||Bollywood, Drama, World Cinema|
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|
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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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India has never been captured on filmBy Vitallink (1 review) from Birmingham , 06 Feb 2009It was the celebrate British film director David Lean who commented that India had never been captured on film. Salman Rushdie asked if he'd ever heard of Satyajit Ray or Rama Rao. This was at about the time that there were endless screenings of films set in India such as The Raj Quartet. Many had European actors in India parts. which prompted Rushdie to remark that the characters couldn't pronounce their own names.
The Apu Trilogy takes you right into village life in the story of Apu's childhood. The stark reality of people with little in terms of resources struggling to make ends meet is transcended by the dignity and high aspirations of the characters. Death is never far away and the reality of life hits home. Thus Apu's father is away from home when his sister falls fatally sick and this recurs in the last film when his mother dies while he has other priorities which keep him from her.
The recent film Slumdog Millionaire set in run down parts of Mumbhai has been criticised for failing to show how poor people preserve high standards in spite of the outward poverty they have to endure. The message, intentional or not, is that you are poor because you deserve to be so. Affluence depends on it so that justifies privilege. The Apu trilogy debunks that view of existence. A shame David Lean appears not to have been aware of these films which have rightly become classics of the cinema
A human documentBy Stephen from North Cornelly, South Wales , 01 Feb 2009Despite the very humble setting and simple story line, this film has a very impressive pedigree - Satyajit Ray worked with Jean Renoir and he citesVittorio De Sicas Bicycle Thieves as its main artistic influence. It is Neo-Realism with a Bengali backdrop and the personal dignity of the Indian sensitivity well worth watching and hugely enjoyable. A great sense of place, characters that are universally recogniseable, but an eye for the particular and a peep under the canvas of Indian society for those who are familiar and those who are not. The perfect antidote to Bollywood.
wonderful!By a customer from Nottingham, England , 04 Nov 2008Such a simple film and so wonderful it makes you wonder why there hasn't been more films like this.
Why is it so good? Firstly, there's the beautiful black and white cinematography of a Bengali village and countryside. Secondly, there's the beautiful soundtrack - not just Ravi Shankar's excellent music, but the evocative sounds of nature - birds singing, a cow bell tinkling.... Then there are the characters - so real, it's as if you know them - that they might live next door. The acting - mainly amateur actors is quite superb.
For me, the heroes are the old aunt and the young girl, Durga.
With a film this good, there's no need for a Hollywood-style, fabricated, convoluted plot to keep the audience interested. This is the plot of life - babies are born, old people die, the poor struggle to survive, children skip with the joys of life....
All in all, highly recommened.
Masterpiece....By a customer from London , 05 Oct 2008Masterpiece: elegant, elegiac, affecting - there's not a single shot that isn't beatiful. The approach to the characters is loving & humane, without any sentimentality. A 'classic' from one of the world's great directors. The film ends and you find that you've fallen in love with life again, despite its horros.
A big yawn.By a customer from Northampton , 28 Mar 2008This film comes under the heading of 'worthy' More interesting than watching grass grow, but not by much.
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