Pather Panchali Reviews

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April 3, 2017
Extremely touching in its simplicity, emotional range and visual beauty, it's no wonder it became the first Indian film to achieve widespread international acclaim and establish Ray as a master filmmaker.
May 4, 2015
Beautiful, sometimes funny, and full of love, it brought a new vision of India to the screen.
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October 17, 2011
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.
October 24, 2007
Fresh as a daisy after all these years, Satyajit Ray's 1955 spellbinder comes underpinned by a tumultuous Ravi Shankar sitar and paints a ground's-eye portrait of life in an impoverished Bengali village.
October 24, 2007
Satyajit Ray's beautiful first feature.
October 24, 2007
Film justly won the 'most human document award' at the 1956 Cannes Film Fest, unveiling a mature film talent in director Satyajit Ray.
May 15, 2019
The film is something of a cinematic miracle, a Neo-Realist influenced story that mixes stark realism with a dreamlike elegance.
July 1, 2017
Ray put his passion into the film and created a nuanced and delicate film.
April 3, 2017
Incredibly, Ray had never directed a scene before Pather Panchali, Mitra had never shot one, and the children who were cast hadn't even been tested. Just how this team of novices fashioned one of cinema's enduring classics is a miraculous mystery.
November 22, 2015
In a fallow year for memorable Criterion releases, the company rallies to put out one of its all-time best packages in its masterful restoration of Satyajit Ray's most famous films.
October 16, 2015
Apu (Subir Banerjee) gets a real childhood, despite the family's poverty, with time to play and to learn that he can make choices, and the results of having those simple opportunities will become evident in the two later films.
June 19, 2015
The rewards are rich and unforgettable.
March 22, 2015
Satyajit Ray's glowingly hardscrabble debut
January 16, 2015
...truly one of the most delicate, humble and deeply felt movies I've ever seen.
August 24, 2010
There is a faith in the art form here, a pure, loving, embracing faith that really restores my own faith in movies.
October 24, 2007
One of the greatest pictures ever made.
October 24, 2007
Not just an Indian classic, but a standout film in the history of cinema.
December 30, 2006
A remarkable debut from Ray that though slow is extremely absorbing.
June 24, 2006
A masterpiece, inarguably.
March 1, 2006
Less like viewing a film than like spending two hours in another life in another world.
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