Pather Panchali
Pather Panchali (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: September 22, 1955
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
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Critic Score: 98% 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.

Pauline Kael
New Yorker

Beautiful, sometimes funny, and full of love, it brought a new vision of India to the screen.

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Variety Staff

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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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

Ray put his passion into the film and created a nuanced and delicate film.

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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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Jaspreet Pandohar

Extremely touching in its simplicity, emotional range and visual beauty, it's no wonder it became the first Indian film to achieve widespread international acclaim and establish Ray as a master filmmaker.

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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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Total Film

Incredibly, Ray had never directed a scene before Pather Panchali, Mitra had never shot one, and the children who were cast hadn't even been tested. Just how this team of novices fashioned one of cinema's enduring classics is a miraculous mystery.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An impressive achievement considering that this was Ray's first film, and he displays an enormous confidence in the direction of this hypnotizing and… More
Peter Bond
Nothing spectacular at all. Entirely overrated. I like old movies (and foreign films) but hardly anything happens in this one!
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
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.
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
Krystle Chow
A masterful departure from stereotypical Indian cinema. Beautiful nature shots.