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Pather Panchali

Directed by Satyajit Ray
1955
India
125 minutes
PG
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This award-winning 1955 debut feature, the first film in Ray’s Apu Trilogy, is a lyrical exploration of childhood, poverty and village life in early 20th century Bengal.
Apu (Subir Banerjee), a young boy growing up in a humble home in the countryside, is doted upon by his mischievous older sister (Uma Dasgupta) while his beleaguered mother (Karuna Banerjee) struggles to hold the household together with very little income. The story unfolds at a languid pace that warmly envelopes the audience into the rhythms of rural life, with joy and hardship intertwining poignantly. The naturalistic settings and performances, along with Subrata Mitra’s stunning cinematography, enhance the evocative mood and wrenching emotion created by this timeless film. The beautiful score was composed by a young Ravi Shankar.
It is the best distillation of Ray’s spirit and essence as a filmmaker.
BFI
I can never forget the excitement in my mind after seeing it. I have had several more opportunities to see the film since then and each time I feel more overwhelmed. It is the kind of cinema that flows with the serenity and nobility of a big river.
Akira Kurosawa
That remarkable close-up of Apu’s eye in Pather Panchali, the way the cut works with the sudden burst of Ravi Shankar’s music – for me, that was one of those precious revelatory moments you have in a movie theatre, and it had a profound and lasting effect on me as a filmmaker.
Martin Scorsese

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Thu 9 Jun
2pm
State Theatre
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Fri 10 Jun
6pm
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 3
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Program Strand
Ray Retrospective
Year
1955
Classification
PG
Country
India
Language
In Bengali with English subtitles
Director
Satyajit Ray
Producer
Government of West Bengal
Cast
Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Subir Banerjee
Screenwriter
Satyajit Ray
Cinematographer
Subrata Mitra
Editor
Dulal Dutta
Genre
Cinephile, Retrospective, Indian subcontinent
Company Credits
Print Source, Rights Holder: Janus Films
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