Satyajit Ray

Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali

With the release in 1955 of Satyajit Ray’s debut, Pather Panchali, an eloquent and important new cinematic voice made itself heard all over the world. A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him: his independent older sister, Durga; his harried mother, Sarbajaya, who, with her husband away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly “auntie,” Indir—vivid, multifaceted characters all. With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery, Pather Panchali, which won an award for Best Human Document at Cannes, is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power.

Film Info

  • Satyajit Ray
  • India
  • 1955
  • 125 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Bengali
  • Spine #783

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and L’Immagine Ritrovata, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio recording from 1958 of director Satyajit Ray reading his essay “A Long Time on the Little Road”
  • New interviews with actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Shampa Srivastava and camera assistant Soumendu Roy
  • Excerpts from the 2003 documentary The Song of the Little Road, featuring The Apu Trilogy composer Ravi Shankar
  • New English subtitle translation

Available In

Collector's Set

The Apu Trilogy

The Apu Trilogy

Blu-Ray Box Set

3 Discs

$79.96

Collector's Set

The Apu Trilogy

The Apu Trilogy

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$79.96

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and L’Immagine Ritrovata, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio recording from 1958 of director Satyajit Ray reading his essay “A Long Time on the Little Road”
  • New interviews with actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Shampa Srivastava and camera assistant Soumendu Roy
  • Excerpts from the 2003 documentary The Song of the Little Road, featuring The Apu Trilogy composer Ravi Shankar
  • New English subtitle translation
Pather Panchali
Cast
Kanu Banerjee
Harihar, Apu’s father
Karuna Banerjee
Sarbajaya, Apu’s mother
Subir Banerjee
Apu
Uma Das Gupta
Durga, Apu’s sister
Chunibala Devi
“Auntie” Indir Thakrun
Shampa “Runki” Banerjee
Young Durga
Reba Devi
Sejo Thakrun, bitter neighbor
Aparna Devi
Nilmoni’s wife, kind neighbor
Tulsi Chakraborty
Prasanna, schoolteacher
Binoy Mukherjee
Baidyanath Majumdar, village elder
Haren Banerjee
Chinibas, sweets seller
Harimohan Nag
Doctor
Haridhan Nag
Chakravarti, village elder
Kshirod Roy
Priest
Roma Ganguli
Ranu, Durga’s friend
Credits
Director
Satyajit Ray
Produced by
Government of West Bengal
Screenplay
Satyajit Ray
Based on the novel Pather Panchali by
Bibhutibhusan Banerjee
Original music
Ravi Shankar
Cinematography
Subrata Mitra
Art director
Bansi Chandragupta
Editor
Dulal Dutta
Sound recordist
Bhupen Ghosh
Production manager
Anil Choudhury

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