Rent Pather Panchali (1955)

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2h 5min
Rent Pather Panchali (aka Song of the Little Road) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
'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.
Actors:
, , Subir Banerjee, Chunibala Devi, Uma Das Gupta, Runki Banerjee, , Aparna Devi, , Haren Banerjee, Rampada Das, Nibhanani Devi, Rama Gangopadhaya, Roma Ganguli, Binoy Mukherjee, Haridhan Nag, Harimohan Nag, Kshirod Roy, Suren Roy
Directors:
Producers:
Satyajit Ray
Writers:
Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, Satyajit Ray
Aka:
Song of the Little Road
Studio:
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Genres:
Bollywood, Children & Family, Classics, Drama
Countries:
India, Bollywood, Children & Family, Classics, Drama
Awards:

1956 Cannes Best Human Document

BBFC:
Release Date:
10/02/2003
Run Time:
125 minutes
Languages:
Bengali
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • 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
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/05/2020
Run Time:
125 minutes
Languages:
Bengali
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 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

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Reviews (1) of Pather Panchali

Brilliant simple story of life - Pather Panchali review by Oli

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26/08/2017

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!

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