Pather Panchali Film Still

Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray

 
  • India
  • 1955
  • 125 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Bengali
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  • Spine #783

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.

Cast

Harihar, Apu’s father Kanu Banerjee
Sarbajaya, Apu’s mother Karuna Banerjee
Apu Subir Banerjee
Durga, Apu’s sister Uma Das Gupta
“Auntie” Indir ThakrunChunibala Devi
Young Durga Shampa “Runki” Banerjee
Sejo Thakrun, bitter neighborReba Devi
Nilmoni’s wife, kind neighborAparna Devi
Prasanna, schoolteacherTulsi Chakraborty
Baidyanath Majumdar, village elderBinoy Mukherjee
Chinibas, sweets sellerHaren Banerjee
DoctorHarimohan Nag
Chakravarti, village elderHaridhan Nag
PriestKshirod Roy
Ranu, Durga’s friendRoma Ganguli

Credits

DirectorSatyajit Ray
Produced byGovernment of West Bengal
ScreenplaySatyajit Ray
Based on the novel Pather Panchali byBibhutibhusan Banerjee
Original musicRavi Shankar
CinematographySubrata Mitra
Art directorBansi Chandragupta
EditorDulal Dutta
Sound recordistBhupen Ghosh
Production managerAnil Choudhury

Disc 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

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The Apu Trilogy: Behind the Universal

By Girish Shambu November 19, 2015

Satyajit Ray’s long-heralded cinematic achievement was influenced by European cinema but also grew out of long-standing Indian artistic tradition.
Read more »


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