(Song of the Little Road)
1955, 115 min., drama
Director: Satyajit Ray
Bengali with English subtitles
Satyajit Ray's first film, Pather Panchali is a legend. Filmed on a meagre
budget with an almost entirely novice crew and cast, it went on to win a prize
at Cannes in 1956, and is still on many critics' "top 100 films" lists.
Based on a classic Indian novel about growing up in rural Bengal, the film portrays
the daily life of a poor Brahmin family. When the father, Harihar, a struggling
poet/ playwright, leaves for the city to pursue his writing career, mother Sarbojaya
must find ways to make ends meet while caring for her aged aunt, mischievous
daughter Durga, and sensitive son Apu. The film was scored by a young and unknown
Two sequels, made in 1956 and 1959, completed the highly-regarded Apu Trilogy
and cemented Ray's international reputation.
"The first film by the masterly Satyajit Ray — possibly the most
unembarrassed and natural of directors — is a quiet reverie about the life
of an impoverished Brahman family in a Bengali village. Beautiful, sometimes
funny, and full of love, it brought a new vision of India to the screen."— Pauline
entry for the film.
details and reviews from the Satyajit Ray web site.
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