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Directed by Satyajit Ray

India 1955 119 mins. In Hindi

Satyajit Ray’s “The Apu Trilogy”—an adaptation of the semi-autobiographical novel cycle by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee—remains one of cinema’s most heralded works, retaining the affecting power that made it an international sensation when it was released. PATHER PANCHALI depicts a poor Brahmin family struggling to survive in their small Bengali village. The birth of a new child, Apu, marks the beginning of new adventures—and struggles—for the family. A mosaic of village life unfolds as we meet Apu’s dreamy father, fretful mother, and tempestuous older sister. Beautifully balancing the prosaic and poetic, harsh poverty and childhood joy come alive with unsentimental compassion. Voted one of the ten greatest films of all time in Sight and Sound Magazine’s international critics’ poll. With music by the legendary Ravi Shankar. “One of the most stunning first films in movie history.”—Jack Kroll, Newsweek.

Genres: Drama