Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)
Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) (1955)

Pather Panchali (Father Panchali), Indian director Satyajit Ray's first feature film, relates the story of an impoverished Bengalese family. When the father (Karuna Bannerjee) leaves for the city to pursue a writing career, the mother… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 28, 2003
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A film that requires and rewards patience in equal measure, Pather Panchali finds director Satyajit Ray delivering a classic with his debut.

TIME Magazine

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A masterpiece, inarguably.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

There is a faith in the art form here, a pure, loving, embracing faith that really restores my own faith in movies.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Satyajit Ray's beautiful first feature.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

There are lovely little threads in the strange fabric. It's a film that takes patience to be enjoyed.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

One of the greatest pictures ever made.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Film justly won the 'most human document award' at the 1956 Cannes Film Fest, unveiling a mature film talent in director Satyajit Ray.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The great, sad, gentle sweep of The Apu Trilogy remains in the mind of the moviegoer as a promise of what film can be.

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Xan Brooks
Guardian

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Pather Panchali has got to be the most impressive directional debut of all time, by anyone's standards. It's realism makes it even more heartbreaking,… More
John Ballantine
India's greatest film is staggering in its depth of character but ultimately lacking in hope. This is of course not necessarily a bad thing.
Stella Dallas
it's hard to believe satyajit ray and his cinematographer had never worked on a film before this. they had observed renoir filming the river and with his… More
Krystle Chow
A masterful departure from stereotypical Indian cinema. Beautiful nature shots.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Pather Panchali" is the first part of Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy. This film focuses on a poor family with a prestigious… More