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Pather Panchali
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Release Date:
22 September 1958 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The story of a young boy, Apu, and life in his small Indian village. His parents are quite poor - his father Harihar... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
As good as remembered... See more (77 total) »

Cast

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Kanu Bannerjee ... Harihar Ray (as Kanu Bandyopadhyay)
Karuna Bannerjee ... Sarbojaya Ray (as Karuna Bandopadhyay)
Chunibala Devi ... Indir Thakrun
Uma Das Gupta ... Durga (as Uma Dasgupta)
Subir Banerjee ... Apu (as Subir Bandopadhyay)
Runki Banerjee ... Little Durga (as Runki Bandopadhyay)
Reba Devi ... Seja Thakrun
Aparna Devi ... Nilmoni's wife
Tulsi Chakraborty ... Prasanna, school teacher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Haren Banerjee ... Chinibas, Sweet-seller (as Haren Bandyopadhyay)
Rampada Das
Nibhanani Devi ... Dasi Thakurun
Rama Gangopadhaya ... Ranu Mookerjee
Roma Ganguli ... Roma (as Rama Gangopadhyay)
Binoy Mukherjee ... Baidyanath Majumdar (as Binoy Mukhopadhyay)
Haridhan Nag
Harimohan Nag ... Doctor
Kshirod Roy ... Priest
Suren Roy

Directed by
Satyajit Ray 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay  novel
Satyajit Ray  screenplay

Original Music by
Ravi Shankar 
 
Cinematography by
Subrata Mitra 
 
Film Editing by
Dulal Dutta 
 
Production Design by
Bansi Chandragupta 
 
Art Direction by
Bansi Chandragupta 
 
Production Management
Anil Choudhury .... production manager
Suren Sahu .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ashish Barman .... assistant director
Santi Chatterjee .... assistant director (as Shantikumar Chattopadhyay)
Subir Hajra .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Suresh Chandra Chandra .... assistant art director (as Suresh Chandra)
Dibakar Dutta .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Bhupen Ghosh .... sound recordist
Samir Ghosh .... assistant sound recordist
Durgacharan Mitra .... additional sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jagmohan Behrowa .... assistant camera
Baren Bhattacharya .... assistant camera
Dinen Gupta .... assistant camera
Nimai Roy .... assistant camera
Soumendu Roy .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Bemananda Brajwasi .... assistant editor
Harinarayan Mukhopadhyay .... assistant editor
Tapeshwar Prasad .... assistant editor
Sukumar Sengupta .... chief assistant editor
 
Music Department
Satyen Chatterjee .... music recordist (as Satyen Chattopadhyay)
Sitaram Das .... musician
Aloknath Dey .... flute (as Alok Dey)
Pratap Narayan Mitra .... pakhowaj (as Pratapnarayan Mitra)
Dakshina Mohan Tagore .... dilruba and tarmalai (as Dakshinamohan Tagore)
 
Other crew
Somen Gupta .... assistant publicist
R.B. Mehta .... processing supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pather Panchali: Song of the Little Road" - USA (DVD title)
"Song of the Little Road" - International (English title) (informal title)
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Runtime:
India:122 min (within Bengal) | Argentina:119 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Québec) | India:U | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:AL (re-release) (2008) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | UK:U | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
Ray's adaptation of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay's semi-autobiographical novel differs significantly from its source. Ray restructured the entire story and threw out elements that he felt were unnecessary.See more »
Quotes:
Harihar Ray:Whatever God does is for the best.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
It's A Long Way to TipperarySee more »

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29 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
As good as remembered..., 30 January 2004
Author: ballweg from Tillamook, Oregon

I originally saw the Apu trilogy in 1961 in a little theater in Berkley. Sat through a straight showing of all three films and walked out after six hours in awe. It was a defining day in the development of an avid film buff. I have waited three years for the DVDs to be released, and hoped against hope that Criterion would get the rights, but it was not to be. Sony has released an unadorned, Mirchant and Ivory Foundation restoration: but they are finally available. I bought all three of the Trilogy the day they were released, but have been reluctant to put them on. So many of my memories of "great" films have made me wonder what I was on when I saw it to think that was great. Think "Brewster McCloud." My experience of Pather Panchali and the full trilogy was a memory I didn't want diminished in any way. Tonight I came home from work, put the Pather Panchali in and sat totally rapt for the full two hours. The DVD production values and the print quality are really bad in spots, but all that fades as one of the really great art films takes over, and the immersion in the lives behind the film works its magic. Film doesn't have to be an act of corporate commerce: Pather Panchali is living proof that film can be a medium of great art.

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