The Apu Trilogy: Satyajit Ray and the Making of an Epic by Andrew RobinsonI can never forget the excitement in my mind after seeing Pather Panchali, noted Akira Kurosawa. Satyajit Rays three films about the boyhood, adolescence and manhood of Apu, Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and The World of Apu (1959) - collectively known as The Apu Trilogy - are established classics of world cinema. The Trilogy was the chief reason for Satyajit Rays receiving a Hollywood Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1992, just before his death.
This book by Rays biographer and world authority Andrew Robinson is the first full study of the Trilogy. Robinson -- who came to know the director well during the last decade of his career -- covers the literary and cultural background to the films, their production, their music composed by Ravi Shankar, their aesthetic value, and their complex critical reception in the East and the West, from 1955 up to the present day. Extensively and beautifully illustrated and a pleasure to read, The Apu Trilogy will appeal to anyone captivated by the unique world created by Satyajit Ray.
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Recently restored and re released by Criterion, this breathtaking trilogy is a must see. Linklater had to have been inspired by this work when thinking of Boyhood , a languid life journey all to the hum of a soundtrack by Ravi Shankar. External image. It had a curious swaying, jerking movement. Opu had never felt anything like that before. In no time, they had left the station behind, and all the people in it, the bales of tobacco on the platform and Hiru, the cart man, standing gaping after them; and soon they were running though the fields of thatch grass.