The World of Apu (Apur Sansar)
Dir/Scr: Satyajit Ray
Photography: Subrata Mitra
Editor: Dulal Dutta
Music: Ravi Shankar
Prod Co: Satyajit Ray Productions
Cast: Smaran Ghosal, Karuna Bannerjee, Kanu Bannerjee, Pinaki Sengupta
1959 / India / B&W / 35mm / Bengali Eng Subtitles / 106min
The magic of the Trilogy is completed with Apur Sansar, in which the adult Apu finds himself falling in love unwittingly in the most bizarre of circumstances. Then death strikes again and this time it hits hardest, especially because it’s brought on by new life. The swing from innocence and tenderness to devastation and anger is drastic, but Ray fashions the entire affair with characteristic restraint, marked again by rich, lyrical compositions and vivid, evocative photography, carving nuanced but powerful emotions out of his characters, ultimately formatting a hard-earned uplifting conclusion to the saga.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Post-screening talk with Sam Ho and Ernest Chan
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