Rent Pather Panchali (1955)

4.3 of 5 from 127 ratings
2h 5min
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'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, 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.
, , 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
Satyajit Ray
Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, Satyajit Ray
Song of the Little Road
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Children & Family, Classics, Drama
India, Children & Family, Classics, Drama

1956 Cannes Best Human Document

Release Date:
Run Time:
125 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • 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

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Reviews (1) of Pather Panchali

Brilliant simple story of life - Pather Panchali review by Oli

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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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