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India on Film: Satyajit Ray

Pather Panchali

Song of the Little Road

Satyajit Ray’s astounding debut, beginning the story of Apu.

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India 1955
Dir Satyajit Ray
With Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee
Bengali with English subtitles
Certificate U

Adapted from a popular novel, Ray’s directorial debut was several years in production and fraught with funding problems. Shot mainly on location in a small village, with an inexperienced crew and mostly amateur actors, its sincere naturalistic style still wins the hearts of audiences worldwide. Our young hero Apu is introduced as his eye is uncovered from his blankets; this powerful story of rural life is carried significantly by his vision of the world.

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