Pather Panchali (1955)

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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.


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  • Karuna Bannerjee in Pather Panchali (1955)
  • Subir Banerjee in Pather Panchali (1955)
  • Subir Banerjee and Uma Das Gupta in Pather Panchali (1955)
  • Subir Banerjee and Uma Das Gupta at an event for Pather Panchali (1955)
  • Subir Banerjee in Pather Panchali (1955)
  • Subir Banerjee at an event for Pather Panchali (1955)

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Director:

Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (novel), Satyajit Ray (screenplay)

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28 March 2004 | Sinnerman
A song for a long road ahead.
There is this one scene in Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali when the eruption of a conflict between Apu's family and a quarrelsome neighbour brought the film to a complete standstill (for me anyway). Those few characters' state of mind and their relationship dynamics at that point in time, was conveyed with such explosive intensity, I got gut punched drunk.

Pather Panchali boasts of suitably melodramatic yet highly intuitive performances. Its breath taking cinematography ranks alongside existential beauty this side of Malick heaven. The musical scoring, by the great Ravi Shankar, is identifiably Indian, yet universally sublime. Together, these myriad parts melded into a whole so grand in its social consciousness, so incisively intimate in its portrait of one family, I could do nothing but be slowly devoured like a most willing prey.

On 4th Oct 2003, I saw my all time favourite film, Tokyo Story. The feeling I got today from Pather Panchali, is as close as is possible from that fateful October day.

Pather Panchali is one of the best films I have ever seen. This will be a night to remember. Now on with the other two then.

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