The World of Apu

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Le monde d'Apu

The World of Apu

(Apur Sansar)

by Satyajit Ray



Le monde d'Apu

Director: Satyajit Ray

Screenplay: Satyajit Ray based on B. Bandyopadhyay's book

Cinematographer: Subrata Mitra

Editing: Dulal Dutta

Art Direction: B. Chandragupta

Music: Ravi Shankar

Cast.: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Swapan Mukherjee, Aloke Chakravarty

Production: Satyajit Ray Production

Films sans frontières
70 Bd Sébastopol
75003 Paris
Tel: 0033-
Fax: 0033-

Year: 1959

35 mm, B & W, 105 min,
VO Bengali, French subtitles

We are in Calcutta in the fifties. Apu is confronted with the world of work. Without money or relation, and with too many diplomas, he struggles to make a decent living. One of his friends invites him to a cousin’s wedding in a remote place. What could have been the most beautiful day for the girl, turns out to be a nightmare when the man she is about to marry suddenly shows his madness. To save her honour and avoid a curse on the family, Apu agrees to marry the young girl he never met. This hasty marriage turns out to become true love binding two young people. However, their happiness does not last and Aparna dies while giving birth to their child Kajaal. Apu is
shattered, he rejects his son. It will take years before he considers keeping his child with him.
In this third part of Apu Trilogy, the main roles are played by Soumitra Chatterjee, making his debut and who will have a long collaboration with Satyajit Ray, and Sharmila Tagore who was only 14 for her first film.

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