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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as Durga as a child
as Harihar the Father
as Sarbojaya Ray
as Durga as a young girl
as Indirtharkun the old aunt
as Prasanna Schoolmaster
as Mrs. Mookerji
as Ranu Mookerji
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Critic Reviews for Pather Panchali
Beautiful, sometimes funny, and full of love, it brought a new vision of India to the screen.
It is a pastoral poem dappled with the play of brilliant images and strong, dark feelings, a luminous revelation of Indian life in language that all the world can understand.
Film justly won the 'most human document award' at the 1956 Cannes Film Fest, unveiling a mature film talent in director Satyajit Ray.
Audience Reviews for Pather Panchali
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.
India's greatest film is staggering in its depth of character but ultimately lacking in hope. This is of course not necessarily a bad thing.
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
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