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Pather Panchali

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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
9.56 /10
Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Nannerjee, Uma Das Gupta
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Directed by: Satyajit Ray
Written by: Satyajit Ray from novel by Bibhutbhusan Bandapaddhay

Released: 1955
Origin: India
Length: 115

A small boy named Apu (Subir Bannerjee) grows up in Bengal.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Slow, episodic but still riveting account of growing up in rural poverty. An outstandingly poetic, humane and humorous first feature by a writer-director who, though obviously a product of his own sub-continent, seemed to have more in common with humanistic western film-makers (such as Jean Renoir) than with the Indian movie industry. Though incredibly detailed, it deals with universal emotions and is undoubtedly a masterpiece. The music is by Ravi Shankar.

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