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The Apu Trilogy - The Criterion Collection

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Released: 25th May 2020. Collection of three films in Satyajit Ray's celebrated trilogy. 'Pather Panchali' (1955) tells the story of a family living in the grip of poverty in a small Bengali village, focusing on the experiences of young boy Apu (Subir Bandopadhyay). 'Aparajito' (1956) sees Apu (Smaran Ghosal) move with his family to the busy city of Benares where they hope to build a new life after suffering a devastating family tragedy. But when Apu's father dies, the young man decides to head out on his own and attend college in Calcutta, leading to a growing estrangement between him and his widowed mother. Finally, in 'The World of Apu' (1959), the adult Apu (Soumitra Chatterjee) hopes to become a writer, but his lack of finances forces him to abandon his university studies. He meets old friend Pulu (Swapan Mukherjee) and together they travel to the wedding of Pulu's cousin, Aparna (Sharmila Tagore). When the wedding is cancelled, Apu agrees to marry Aparna to save her from ridicule. They return to his Calcutta apartment to start a new life and Apu comes to love his wife, but his happiness is soon shattered by a tragic turn of events.

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  • Details

    Released:
    25th May 2020
    Category:
    World Cinema
    Studio:
    Criterion Collection
    Format:
    Blu-ray Box Set
    Certification:
    Universal – Suitable for all
    Barcode:
    5050629538625
  • Description

    Collection of three films in Satyajit Ray's celebrated trilogy. 'Pather Panchali' (1955) tells the story of a family living in the grip of poverty in a small Bengali village, focusing on the experiences of young boy Apu (Subir Bandopadhyay). 'Aparajito' (1956) sees Apu (Smaran Ghosal) move with his family to the busy city of Benares where they hope to build a new life after suffering a devastating family tragedy. But when Apu's father dies, the young man decides to head out on his own and attend college in Calcutta, leading to a growing estrangement between him and his widowed mother. Finally, in 'The World of Apu' (1959), the adult Apu (Soumitra Chatterjee) hopes to become a writer, but his lack of finances forces him to abandon his university studies. He meets old friend Pulu (Swapan Mukherjee) and together they travel to the wedding of Pulu's cousin, Aparna (Sharmila Tagore). When the wedding is cancelled, Apu agrees to marry Aparna to save her from ridicule. They return to his Calcutta apartment to start a new life and Apu comes to love his wife, but his happiness is soon shattered by a tragic turn of events.
    Region Code:
    Region B
    Duration:
    341 minutes
    Original Language:
    Bengali
    Extras:
    Language(s): Bengali, Subtitles: English, Interactive Menu, Booklet, Documentaries: ''The Apu Trilogy': A Closer Look', 'The Creative Person: Satyajit Ray', Interviews: Satyajit Ray (director), Soumitra Chatterjee (actor), Shampa Srivastava (actor), Sharmila Tagore (actor), Soumendu Roy (camera assistant), Ujjal Chakraborty (writer), Video essay by Satyajit Ray biographer Andrew Robinson on the trilogy's evolution and production, Audio recordings from 1958 of director Satyajit Ray reading his essay 'A Long Time On the Little Road', Excerpts from the 2003 documentary 'The Song of the Little Road'
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