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Pathera pān̐cālī Song of the little road
Ray, Satyajit, 1921-1992.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Classics, [2003]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 126 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
A poor Bengali family survives in a village but wider horizons tempt the father. The protection of family members' reputations, the relationship of the family group to an elderly 'aunt', and first confrontations with death contribute to the early development of the boy Apu. His father's dreams prevail over the objections of his mother so that at the end of the film the family moves to the big city of Benares. Apu's experiences are followed in the second film of the trilogy: Aparajito" and his growth to early manhood in the final film "Apur Sansar".
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Full screen version.

Based on the novel: Pathera panchali / Bibhuti Bandopadaya.

First in a series known as the Apu trilogy, the 2nd of which is Aparajito (The unvanquished) and the 3rd of which is Apur sansar (The world of Apu).

Originally released as a motion picture in 1955.

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Pather Panchali, Indian director Satyajit Ray's first feature film, relates the story of an impoverished Bengalese family. When the father (Karuna Bannerjee) leaves for the city to pursue a writing career, the mother (Karuna Banerji) is left with the responsibility of caring for the rest of the brood. Gradually, the film's true central character emerges: Apu (Subir Banerji), the family's son. Though excruciatingly realistic at times, Pather Panchali takes an occasional timeout to dwell on the purely cinematic. For example, when the mother receives a postcard bearing good news, Ray dissolves to a pond, where a pair of water skates scamper about. The music by Ravi Shankar at first seems to be at odds with the action; soon, however, we come to accept the music as a logical outgrowth of the events at hand. A multiple award winner, Pather Panchali was the first of Ray's celebrated "Apu Trilogy" (the other two entries were 1956's Aparajito and 1959's The World of Apu). The film was also released as The Song of the Road and The Lament of the Path. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi