The Apu Trilogy: Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)

Thursday, August 27 at 7:30pm | Regular Admission Prices

Apur Sansar, the extraordinary final chapter of Satyajit Ray’s celebrated Apu Trilogy, brings our hero’s journey full circle, depicting Apu’s challenges with adult life in the city. Now out of college and hoping to live as a writer, the twenty-something Apu (now played by Soumitra Chatterjee) experiences his romantic awakening and impending fatherhood.

“Satisfying and lovely … it remains one of the screen’s great gifts.” – Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle

Living once again in poverty, Apu is forced to sell his books and begins writing an autobiographical novel. Upon making an unexpected visit to a small village, Apu finds himself as the groom in an arranged marriage. Life with his new bride gives way to love – and a child – and ultimately proves to be both joyous and tragic. Featuring soon-to-be Ray regulars Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore in star-making performances, and showcasing Ray’s ever more impressive skills as a crafter of pure (and seemingly magical) cinematic imagery, Apur Sansar is a breathtaking conclusion to this monumental trilogy. With music by Ravi Shankar. (Dir. by Satyajit Ray, 1959, India, in Bengali with subtitles, 105 mins., Not Rated)