Pather panchali

Pather panchali

Song of the little road

DVD - 2003 | Bengali
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A poor Bengali family survives in a village but wider horizons tempt the father. The protection of family members' reputations, the relationship of the family group to an elderly 'aunt', and first confrontations with death contribute to the early development of the boy Apu. His father's dreams prevail over the objections of his mother so that at the end of the film the family moves to the big city of Benares. Apu's experiences are followed in the second film of the trilogy: Aparajito" and his growth to early manhood in the final film "Apur Sansar."


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Dec 13, 2016

An amazing debut from Satyajit Ray which immediately confirmed his status as a director to be reckoned with. The film paints a languid and poetic portrait of Bengali village life for the lower classes. While Pather Panchali and its sequels follow the story of Apu it is arguably his sister, Durga, who is the protagonist of this film - a girl who brings vivid life to the sequences with the family.

This newly restored version of the film is immaculate!

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The scene where the father, Harihar, finds out that his daughter has passed away is one of the most moving scenes in all of cinema.

Nov 21, 2016

I was immediately drawn into the imagery, the culture, and the characters of the film. Beautiful and heart wrenching.

Jan 31, 2014

Satyajit Ray's debut film was both a milestone in Indian cinema and a milestone in world cinema. While Inida had often been depicted in film ("Gunga Din," "Lives of a Bengal Lancer") this was very likely the first Southeast Asian film that many Americans had seen that was actually made by Indian filmmakers. A lyrical, impressionistic and poignant tale about a poor family in rural, it has something in common with the Italian neorealists, but it has a style and power all its own. Ray, using mostly non-professionals, creates a whole world just using a house and a forest, covering the whole range of human experience (life, death, struggle, happiness, poverty, tragedy) in two hours. If you consider yourself a cinephile, you must see this film. The first part of the "Apu trilogy."


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