Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) is the award-winning first film in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy and his first film to direct. The other films are linked from here. This is a tragic story, moving.

The Guardian says, "it still has tremendous freshness and vitality, combining a very simple style with moments of poetry" and calls it "a luminous, transcendental masterpiece".

The New York Times review says it "is one of those rare exotic items, remote in idiom from the usual Hollywood film, that should offer some subtle compensations to anyone who has the patience to sit through its almost two hours." DVDTalk says, "The movie has historical significance and is therefore something movie buffs should consider renting but to be fair, it was very dated in so many ways."

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