PATHER PANCHALI
SONG OF THE LITTLE ROAD
1955, Janus Films, 125 min, India, Dir: Satyajit Ray

Director Satyajit Ray burst onto the international film scene with this first film, based upon Bibhutibhushan Bannerjee’s novel of the same name. As Part One of what would become "the Apu Trilogy," PATHER PANCHALI depicts a poor Brahmin family struggling to survive in their small Bengali village. The birth of a new child, Apu, marks the beginning of new adventures - and struggles - for the family. This dense mosaic of village life introduces Apu's dreamy father, fretful mother, and tempestuous older sister, with the child Apu a wide-eyed observer. Beautifully balancing the prosaic and poetic, it depicts harsh poverty and childhood raptures with unsentimental compassion. Scenes of Apu and his sister exploring their surroundings are among the most beautiful and memorable moments ever captured on film. Voted one of the ten greatest films of all time in the 1992 Sight & Sound poll. With music by the legendary Ravi Shankar. "One of the most stunning first films in movie history." - Jack Kroll, Newsweek. In Bengali with English subtitles.


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