TONY Film's rep pick of the day: Pather Panchali at Museum of Modern Art

Satyajit Ray's debut still packs a coming-of-age punch

Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray's 1955 debut didn't just introduce Indian films to the larger world-cinema stage, it also gave us one of the screen's most beloved characters: A young man named Apu who, over the course of three movies, would exemplify the experience of growing up in India in the mid-20th century. Steven Spielberg has cited the movie as a profound influence on his career, and it's easy to see why. Few directors were as skilled in blending the personal and the profound as Ray, and this aching portrayal of youthful innocence remains a great gateway drug to the filmmaker's work.

Pather Panchali screens Weds Nov 14, 1:30pm at Museum of Modern Art; you can catch additional MoMA screenings on Thu Nov 15 and Fri 16, 1:30pm, as well.

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