Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)
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Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)
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 (Karuna Banerji) is left with the responsibility of caring for the rest of the brood. Gradually, the film's true central character emerges: Apu (Subir Banerji), the family's son. Though excruciatingly realistic at times, Pather Panchali takes an occasional timeout to dwell on the purely cinematic. For example, when the mother receives a postcard… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"A masterpiece, inarguably."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"There is a faith in the art form here, a pure, loving, embracing faith that really restores my own faith in movies."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Not just an Indian classic, but a standout film in the history of cinema."
‑ , Film4
"Touching drama from Indian Master Ray."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Satyajit Ray's beautiful first feature."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"There are lovely little threads in the strange fabric. It's a film that takes patience to be enjoyed."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"One of the greatest pictures ever made."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A remarkable debut from Ray that though slow is extremely absorbing."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Film justly won the 'most human document award' at the 1956 Cannes Film Fest, unveiling a mature film talent in director Satyajit Ray."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The great, sad, gentle sweep of The Apu Trilogy remains in the mind of the moviegoer as a promise of what film can be."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"Less like viewing a film than like spending two hours in another life in another world."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Satyajit Ray began his career with a film that still stands as possibly the best-known Indian film ever made, and regarded by many as one of the greats of all time."
‑ Christopher Null,
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