The World of Apu

(Apur Sansar)

4K Digital Restoration
Lecture/screening class (3 hours). Special admission applies. 

  • Restoring Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy

    Director of the Academy Film Archive


Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Swapan Mukherjee, Aloke Chakravarty,

Part three of Satyajit Ray's much–loved Apu Trilogy, The World of Apu features Soumitra Chatterjee (CharulataThe Elephant GodDistant Thunder, etc.) as the adult Apu. Having decided to become a writer, Apu becomes, quite by accident, a husband as well. When the bridegroom at a wedding he is attending suffers a prenuptial nervous breakdown, Apu is persuaded to replace him in order to save the bride's honor. “If Ray had made nothing but Apur Sansar he would go down in film history as one of the great directors. In essence the film is a love story so fresh and spontaneous that one feels Ray created it entirely out of his own spirit, as if it were the world’s first love story” (Pauline Kael).

  • Satyajit Ray
Based On
  • The novel Aparajito by Bibhutibhushana Bandyopadhyaya

  • Bengali
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 4K DCP
  • 103 mins
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection