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Pather Panchali

DFI Cinema

Satyajit Ray / Feature Narrative / India / 1955 / 125 min / Black & White / 35mm
In Bengali / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.



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Synopsis

In a quiet, rural Indian village, Sarbojaya looks after her daughter, Durga, and son, Apu, as well as her husband Harihar’s elderly aunt. While Harihar, a writer and a poet, dreams of a better life for his family, the daily hardships of their impoverished circumstances stack up against the family. Harihar ends up disappearing for five months, and Durga ultimately falls ill. Durga and Apu manage to enjoy the pleasures their tough life presents them, but the family struggles with what options they might have left even after Harihar returns.

About the Director

Satyajit Ray was a Bengali film director, writer and illustrator who brought Indian cinema to world recognition with 'Pather Panchali’ (‘The Song of the Road’, 1955) and its two sequels, known as the Apu Trilogy. As a director, Ray was noted for his humanism, versatility and control over his films’ details and music. He is widely considered one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.

Credits

Director
Satyajit Ray
Music
Ravi Shankar
Cinematographer
Subrata Mitra
Cast
Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee, Chunibala Devi, and Um Das Gupta

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