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Pather Panchali (1955)



Critic Consensus: A film that requires and rewards patience in equal measure, Pather Panchali finds director Satyajit Ray delivering a classic with his debut.

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Pather Panchali (Father Panchali), Indian director Satyajit Ray's first feature film, relates the story of an impoverished Bengalese family. When the father (Karuna Bannerjee) leaves for the city to pursue a writing career, the mother (Karuna Banerji) is left with the responsibility of caring for the rest of the brood. Gradually, the film's true central character emerges: Apu (Subir Banerji), the family's son. Though excruciatingly realistic at times, Pather Panchali takes an occasional timeout to dwell on the purely cinematic. For example, when the mother receives a postcard bearing good news, Ray dissolves to a pond, where a pair of water skates scamper about. The music by Ravi Shankar at first seems to be at odds with the action; soon, however, we come to accept the music as a logical outgrowth of the events at hand. A multiple award winner, Pather Panchali was the first of Ray's celebrated "Apu Trilogy" (the other two entries were 1956's Aparajito and 1959's The World of Apu). The film was also released as The Song of the Road and The Lament of the Path. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Runki Banerji
as Durga as a child
Kanu Banerjee
as Harihar Ray, Harihar the Father
Subir Banerjee
as Apu/Sarbajaya the Mother
Kanu Banerji
as Harihar the Father
Runki Banerjee
as Durga (joven, Durga as a Cchild, Durga as a child
Karuna Bannerjee
as Sarbojaya Ray
Uma Das Gupta
as Durga as a Young girl
Chunibala Devi
as Indir Thakrun, Indirtharkun the old aunt
Umas Das Gupta
as Durga as a young girl
Reba Devi
as Mrs. Mookerjee
Rama Gangopadhaya
as Ranu Mookerjee
Tulshi Chakraborty
as Schoolmaster
Reva Devi
as Mrs. Mookerji
Aparna Devi
as Nilmoni's wife
Tulsi Chakraborty
as Prasanna, school teacher
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Critic Reviews for Pather Panchali

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Satyajit Ray put India on the world map with this felt portrait of life in a Bengal village...

August 16, 2021 | Full Review…

Pather Panchali will leave many images in the mind's ye and many impressions of another way of life.

May 5, 2021 | Full Review…

The cast has been well selected and all the players seem completely unaware of the camera. The results are a film which is unvarnished and often painfully vivid.

May 5, 2021 | Full Review…

Although Pather Panchali falls short of perfection in production, the acting is impeccable and it hits you right in the heart.

May 5, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Ray has caught the sights and sounds of nature all about them -- beauty side by side with ugliness -- with a poet's sensitivity.

May 5, 2021 | Full Review…

Masterfully, Ray balances a growing sense of possibility and a feeling of irreplaceable loss. Its truth is obvious, its beauty no less.

May 5, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pather Panchali

Nothing spectacular at all. Entirely overrated. I like old movies (and foreign films) but hardly anything happens in this one!

Peter Bond
Peter Bond

Super Reviewer


An impressive achievement considering that this was Ray's first film, and he displays an enormous confidence in the direction of this hypnotizing and realistic look into the life of a Bengali family struggling with poverty as witnessed by the eyes of an eight year-old boy.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


it's hard to believe satyajit ray and his cinematographer had never worked on a film before this. they had observed renoir filming the river and with his encouragement and the inspiration of italian neorealism made this poetic masterpiece about life in a small bengal village circa 1920, a really timeless film. i love films about india and i'm looking forward to the rest of this series. there's huge natural talent at work here

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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