Pather Panchali

125 mins
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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in... More

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Pather Panchali | Ratings & Reviews

"It is a luminous, transcendental masterpiece."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"A triumph of mood and character..."

Chicago ReaderChicago Reader

"A luminous revelation of Indian life in language that all the world can understand."

Time MagazineTime Magazine

"Everything about Pather Panchali... points to the beautiful life of the human spirit."

The Globe and MailThe Globe and Mail

"The great, sad, gentle sweep of The Apu Trilogy remains in the mind of the moviegoer as a promise of what film can be."

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

"In the history of cinema, there are a number of great pictures, but only a few miracles. One of those miracles is Pather Panchali..."

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune

"The poetry of the film transcends its locality and speaks to us all."

Village VoiceVillage Voice

"One of the legendary debuts in the history of film -- deservedly so."

San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle

"There are lovely little threads in the strange fabric."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"Beautiful, sometimes funny, and full of love, it brought a new vision of India to the screen."

The New YorkerThe New Yorker

"Just how this team of novices fashioned one of cinema's enduring classics is a miraculous mystery."

Total FilmTotal Film

"Extremely touching in its simplicity, emotional range and visual beauty..."


"The refusal to compromise, to quicken the pace and force the material into a conventional story pattern, is the strength of Pather Panchali."

The TimesThe Times

"(Ray) says he is a better man for having made it. I am a better man for having seen It."

The AgeThe Age

"Ray has caught the sights and sounds of nature... beauty side by side with ugliness -- with a poet's sensitivity."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Masterfully, Ray balances a growing sense of possibility and a feeling of irreplaceable loss. Its truth is obvious, its beauty no less."

New York Daily NewsNew York Daily News

"Satyajit Ray put India on the world map with this felt portrait of life in a Bengal village..."

Indian ExpressIndian Express

Pather Panchali | Details

Award winner
Best Human Document & OCIC Award - Special Mention, Cannes 1956
Bollywood & Indian Cinema, Drama
Country of origin

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