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Pather Panchali = Song of the little road

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DVD special edition.


In Bengali, with English subtitles.


Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Subir Banerjee, Uma Das Gupta, Chunibala Devi, Shampa "Runki" Banerjee.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2015]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (125 minutes) : sound, black & white ; 4 3/4 in.


Not rated.


A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him: his independent older sister, Durga; his harried mother, Sarbajaya, who, with her husband away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly "auntie," Indir.


Title from container.

Based on the novel Pather Panchali by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1955.

Special features: New 4K digital restoration, undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and L'lmmagine Ritrovat ; audio recording from 1958 of director Satyajit Ray reading his essay "A Long Time on the Little Road" ; new interviews with actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Shampa Srivastava and camera assistant Soumendu Roy ; excerpts from the 2003 documentary The Song of the Little Road featuring The Apu Trilogy composer Ravi Shankar ; new English subtitle translation.

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