Pather Panchali

Film
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
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Time Out says

It’s 50 years since the late, great Bengali writer-director Satyajit Ray made his debut with this, the first and finest installment of his ground-breaking ‘Apu Trilogy’. It was the first Indian movie to attract attention in the West, and if your experience of subcontinental cinema extends no further than Bollywood’s  romantic musicals, it’s not just the film’s enduring status as a landmark of world cinema that makes it essential viewing. It remains a miracle of lyrical realism: the detailed, documentary-style observation of village life as experienced by young Apu, his sister Durga, their parents and ancient grandma is inflected by a marvellous use of motifs (trains beckoning to another, industrialised urban world, water as a symbol of cyclical regeneration) to turn a simple rites-of-passage story into pure poetry. A hymn to curiosity, courage and conscience, it introduces Apu as an opening eye, innocent of adult anxieties but alert to adventure and, finally, moral discovery. Ravi Shankar’s music is great too. A masterpiece, inarguably.

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Release details

Duration:
115 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Satyajit Ray
Screenwriter:
Satyajit Ray
Cast:
Kanu Bannerjee
Karuna Bannerjee
Uma Das Gupta
Subir Bannerjee
Chunibala Devi

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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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I was hearing about this movie since about 20 years! Now saw it today on utube. I do not have any words to explain this marvel by Satyajit Ray! what a masterpiece! This does not look like a cinema to me. I felt it is happening real time. Long live Satyajit Ray. I salute this great film maker


I was hearing about this movie since about 20 years! Now saw it today on utube. I do not have any words to explain this marvel by Satyajit Ray! what a masterpiece! This does not look like a cinema to me. I felt it is happening real time. Long live Satyajit Ray. I salute this great film maker


Absolutely! It's the Greatest film i've set my eyes on...stunning brilliant ...superlatives exhaust describing it


Absolutely! It's the Greatest film i've set my eyes on...stunning brilliant ...superlatives exhaust describing it