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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:
Absolutely Perfect. One of the best films ever made. 10/10 See more (76 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) | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:AL (re-release) (2008) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | UK:U | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
Halfway through filming, Ray ran out of funds. The Government of West Bengal loaned him the rest, allowing him to complete the film. This loan is listed in public records at the time as "roads improvement", a nod to the film's translated title.See more »
Quotes:
Harihar Ray:Whatever God does is for the best.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Water (2005/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
It's A Long Way to TipperarySee more »

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85 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely Perfect. One of the best films ever made. 10/10, 21 October 2000
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

It is a little known fact that India produces more films per year than any other country. The reason that most people don't know that is because their films do not generally appeal to us, and we would see them as oddities suspended in their own culture. Possibly they'd be amusing or interesting to watch, but they would probably be hard to enjoy (to demonstrate the difference in taste, Roger Ebert attended an Indian film festival a year or two ago, and when he questioned its director what American film did the best business over there, he answered that the movie _Baby's Day Out_, which is basically like one of those Popeye cartoons where Sweet-Pea wanders through construction sights blindly, except extended to 90 minutes, had theaters packed in India all throughout its run; the film bombed completely in the US). Tastes differ. Humanity does not. This is proved to the utmost in Ray's masterful _Pather Panchali_.

This film has got to be the best ever made about, well, life in general. It reminded me a lot of a Chinese film, Zhang Yimou's _To Live_, which was good, but its situations finally seemed a bit contrived. _Pather Panchali_ feels as real as life itself. To be sure, it contains great moments of sadness, but, for the most part, it concentrates on the beauty of the world around us. One of the major characters is this ancient woman, maybe even in her nineties. She is hunched over, has no teeth, and has crooked eyes. But Ray makes her form beautiful. He often finds characters with exaggerated and odd features. And there is nothing more beautiful in this world than the love between members of a family, and Ray revels in this. The relationship between the brother and sister is heartstoppingly beautiful.

I could not say anything bad about this film. But there is one thing I would like to see: a DVD version of this film, and indeed of each of the films of the Apu Trilogy, and only Criterion could do this effectively, which is kind of disappointing, since I know a major film company already owns its rights and would probably never give them up without huge pay; a DVD version with scholarly commentary. Hindu symbology is present in a large quantity in this film, along with several Hindi ceremonies. Of course, I loved seeing this. I am not completely unfamiliar with the culture, so I was able to catch a little, but there is so much I don't know. A commentary track on a DVD would help me understand the film better, and thus love it even more.

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