Basic Info
  1. Director: Satyajit Ray
  2. Alternative Titles: Song of the Little Road; Song of the Road
  3. Year: 1955; Language: Bengali; Runtime: 122 min; Color: Black and White
  4. Studio: West Bengal Govt
  5. Writer: Satyajit Ray, Bibhutibhushan Bannerjee; Cinematographer: Subrata Mitra; Composer: Ravi Shankar
  6. Cast: Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Chunibala Devi, Uma Dasgupta, Subir Bannerjee, Tulsi Chakraborty, Runki Bannerjee, Aparna Devi, Binoy Mukherjee, Haren Bannerjee, Harimohan Nag, Nibhanani Devi, Ksirodh Roy, Ruma Ganguly
With the release in 1955 of Satyajit Ray’s debut, Pather Panchali, an eloquent and important new cinematic voice made itself heard all over the world. A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him: his independent older sister, Durga; his harried mother, Sarbajaya, who, with her husband away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly “auntie,” Indir—vivid, multifaceted characters all. With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery, Pather Panchali, which won an award for Best Human Document at Cannes, is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power. (Criterion Collection)
Interesting links
  1. Notes on Wikipedia
  2. Essay on the Criterion Collection by Girish Shambu
  3. Essay on the Criterion Collection by Terrence Rafferty
  4. The Making of Pather Panchali on Probashionline
  5. Review on
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