World Of Apu, The; Apu Sansar

862. THE WORLD OF APU (Apu Sansar)(1959-lndia). Adapted, produced and directed by SATYAJIT RAY. Music composed and played by RAVI SHANKAR. The third film of the world famous trilogy of life in almost-modern India (the first of the three, “Pather Panchali” won a special prize at the Cannes Film Festival). The second film (“Aparajito”) continued the story of a family from rural Bengal. This film concludes the story of Apu, considered by most critics to be brilliant, stunÂning, artistically meaningful, and cinematically superb. Put almost any still-frame from the film on “pause,” and you’ll see a picture worth framing. Composition is always important to Ray, foreÂground and background equally important, but there are no movie tricks, fancy camera work or process shots. The story is told simply in a straightforward way. The plot is uncomplicated. Visiting the wedding of a friend’s sister, Apu, a struggling writer from Calcutta, finds himself the bridegroom when the husband-to-be goes insane just before the ceremony. How this sudden change in circumÂstances alters his outlook amidst the swirl of life in the city makes for film art at its highest. The sitar music of Ravi Shankar (before his discovery and fame in the West) is the perfect complement. Seeing the previous films is helpful, but not necessary; “The World Of Apu” more than stands on its own. The story itself is as easy to follow as human laughter and tears. In Bengali, with English subtitles. 105 minutes. Drama