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"Apu" Trilogy [Paperback]

Satyajit Ray , Sujit Banerjee

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Jan 1985
With the "Apu Trilogy" - "Pather Panchali", "Aparajito" and "Apur Sansar" - in the fifties, Satyajit Ray caught the attention of film enthusiasts all over the world. The trilogy is the story of growing up in India. It traces Apu's growth from childhood - cruelly poor but brightened by a passion for creativity and learning - to battered maturity. This 50th Anniversary volume, containing a foreword and working sketches by Ray presents the first authorized publication of these scripts in their entirety along with extensive interviews with Ray himself. Fresh material special to this edition includes an expansive interview with Ray by Shyam Benegal, himself a leading filmmaker with several award-winning films to his credit. In the interaction between the two directors, Ray talks about early influences, the experience of making the "Apu Trilogy", the importance of music and the portrayal of women in his film as well as other aspects of his craft. This edition also includes a complete filmography.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Satyajit Ray (1921-1992), India's best-known filmmaker, is widely credited with ushering in a new era in narrative cinema. His award-winning films combine the cinematic with the literary and the emotional with the intellectual. A true auteur, Ray wrote his own stories and screenplays, designed his sets and costumes, composed music and even operated the camera. His first film, Pather Panchali (The Song of the Road) won him world acclaim. In 1978, the Berlin Film Festival ranked him as one of the three all-time best directors. In 1992 he received an honorary Academy Award for a lifetime achievement. Over his career Ray made 30 features and several shorts and documentaries. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Scripts 8 April 2002
By Debabrata Ghatak - Published on Amazon.com
This book contains the scripts of Satyajit Ray's epoch-making movies "Pather Panchali(The song of the Road)" and the "Aparajito(The Unvanquished)".
Ray wrote the first draft of Pather Panchali on a ship bound to London in 1950.The questions like whether one needs a dialogue at all where the camera and the moves of the actors can say it all have always bugged Ray.One can see the reflections of his approach of script writing in this book keeping these questions in mind.
The dialogues in Ray's films have always been very appropriate and brief but very meaningful.More so,in these first two films of his when he loved to speak with his camera rather than with words.
Take a look at Ray's way of portraying complicated subjects with the exchange of superficially simple dialogues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for fans and scholars 17 Sep 2006
By David Alston - Published on Amazon.com
I would prefer to see - in the US - properly mastered DVD releases of the "Apu" trilogy. But this first publication of Satyajit Ray's screenplays for the classic trio of films is an extraordinary and valuable resource both for film scholars and fans.

Well-illustrated with stills, work prints and hand-drawn illustrations - Ray was once a commercial illustrator, and extensively detailed his own films in pre-production - this printed APU trilogy is meticulous in its' presentation; Ray would have approved.

An added bonus is the full text - again with illustrations - of filmmaker Shyam Benegal's (an admirer of Ray, and a one-time student of Ray's filmmaking colleague Ritwik Ghatak) lengthy interview with Ray. A great many detailed insights into the trilogy and later Ray films can be gleaned from this, with everything from cultural references and historical detail to autobiographical elements all thoroughly examined.

An excellent volume.

-David Alston
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