'Pather Panchali' tells the story of a family living in the grip of poverty in a small Bengali village, focusing on the experiences of a young boy, Apu (Subir Banerjee), and paying careful attention to a series of ordinary events: Apu's father sets off to the city in search of work, leaving his wife to take care of the children and an elderly aunt; a frugal meal is prepared; rains flatten the landscape; a train passes by; someone dies.
Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee, Chunibala Devi, Uma Das Gupta, Runki Banerjee, Reba Devi, Aparna Devi, Tulsi Chakraborty, Haren Banerjee, Rampada Das, Nibhanani Devi, Rama Gangopadhaya, Roma Ganguli, Binoy Mukherjee, Haridhan Nag, Harimohan Nag, Kshirod Roy, Suren Roy
Extracts from BBC Omnibus – 'The Cinema of Satyajit Ray'
Production Notes by Ray Biographer Andrew Robinson
'Pather Panchali' Storyboards
Stills and Poster Gallery
'The World of Apu Movie Masterclass' Documentary
Full Screen 1.37:1
B & W
Audio recordings from 1958 of director Satyajit Ray reading his essay "A Long Time on the Little
Road" and in conversation with film historian Gideon Bachmann
New interviews with actors Soumitra Chatterjee, Shampa Srivastava, and Sharmila Tagore; camera assistant Soumendu Roy; and film writer Ujjal Chakraborty
Making "The Apu Trilogy": Satyajit Ray's Epic Debut, a new video essay by Ray biographer Andrew Robinson
"The Apu Trilogy": A Closer Look, a new program featuring filmmaker, producer, and teacher Mamoun Hassan
Excerpts from the 2003 documentary 'The Song of the Little Road', featuring composer Ravi Shankar
The Creative Person: "Satyajit Ray," a 1967 half-hour documentary by James Beveridge, featuring interviews with Ray, several of his actors, members of his creative team, and film critic Chidananda Das Gupta
Footage of Ray receiving an honorary Oscar in 1992
New programs on the restorations by filmmaker: kogonada
Brilliant simple story of life
- Pather Panchali review by Oli
I didn't know what to come into this expecting admittedly, it's the 1st Indian film I've seen! Always liked the look of these films though, and I noticed Roger Ebert put them on his great movies list so you can't normally go wrong there! But all in all great film, great watch, it's simple and you get scenes with just music playing, but I think that's the brilliance of it, Ray doesn't neccessarily feel the need to make you hear the characters conveying anger grief etc. and it comes across brilliantly, it's simple but powerful, a simple film about upbringing in India with a family, well worth the watch! I will now be renting Aparajito and World of Apu!