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Pather Panchali (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama | 22 September 1958 (USA)
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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.

Director:

Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (novel), Satyajit Ray (screenplay)
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Cast

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

The story of a young boy, Apu, and life in his small Indian village. His parents are quite poor - his father Harihar, a writer and poet, gave away the family's fruit orchard to settle his brother's debts. His sister Durga and an old aunt also still lives with them. His mother Sarbojaya bears the brunt of the family's situation. She scrapes by and sells her personal possessions to put food on the table and has to bear the taunts of her neighbors as Durga is always stealing fruit from their orchard. Things get worse when Harihar disappears for five months and Durga falls ill. Even after Harihar returns, the family is left with few alternatives. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

22 September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pather Panchali: Song of the Little Road See more »

Filming Locations:

Boral, West Bengal, India

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$536,364
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Government of West Bengal See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (within Bengal)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

From the extras on the disk, the Mother "Sarbojaya Ray" - Karuna Bannerjee (as Karuna Bandopadhyay) and the younger "Durga" - Runki (Shampa) Banerjee (as Runki Bandopadhyay) are actual mother and daughter. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set in early 20th Century rural India (a time in which public health campaigns presumably did not exist), when Apu and Durga are shown hiding in the fields waiting to catch a glimpse of the train, a vaccination mark is clearly visible on the right arm of Uma Das Gupta, who portrays Durga. See more »

Quotes

Indir Thakrun: What's going on? What's going on here? Huh? What's the matter? What's going on? Sarbajaya, what is it?
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Connections

Referenced in The Darjeeling Limited (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

It's A Long Way to Tipperary
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Played by the band
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As good as remembered...
30 January 2004 | by ballwegSee all my reviews

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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