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Simply the best films ever made in classic non-Bollywood Indian cinema,
This review is from: The Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali/Aparajito/The World Of Apu [DVD] (DVD)
If you only buy one DVD (or DVD box set) buy this one, as this is the apotheosis of classic Indian cinema directed by its most celebrated auteur. It is heartbreakingly beautiful, unflinchingly and brutally honest and makes utterly compelling viewing. Having seen all three films separately as they were released, which now make up this box set, I viewed them all in a marathon late night session last week in the company of seven of my closest friends, all of whom are hardened Generation X and Y internet-saturated unimpressible film buffs, none of whom had seen the films previously. They were stunned by the simplicity with which the complex issues in the films were presented, and the sheer visual beauty of the black and white films which they described as "masterpieces" and "timeless". The linked chronological narratives of all three films expertly developed the themes Satyajit Ray was exploring, and the consensus was that this was the best night's film viewing we had all experienced. For all those equating Indian films with the Bollywood formulaic products churned out with mind-numbing regularity and indistinguishablity, let me assure you that this is as different from the Bollywood treadmill product as diamonds are from gravel. If you have not seen the films, I envy you the delights you are about to experience.