Song of the Little Road
Dir/Scr: Satyajit Ray
Photography: Subrata Mitra
Editor: Dulal Dutta
Music: Ravi Shankar
Prod Co: Government of West Bengal
Cast: Uma Das Gupta, Chunibala Devi,
Subir Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Kanu Bannerjee
1955 / India / B&W / 35mm /
In Bengali with Eng Subtitles / 115 min
Pather Panchali is a magical work, both for its capacity to move audiences and for its historical role. It’s one of the most important debuts in film history, made by a first-time director with a crew of virtually no filmmaking experience, took over three years to complete, on a shoestring, and, on completion, shook the world. It’s not an overstatement to say that world cinema was not the same again after Pather Panchali. Yet the film remains a profoundly touching work over half a century later. The simple beauty of the images, the mesmerizing rhythm of the lives chronicled the mystical pathos of the story… Magical.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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