Satyajit Ray’s feature-film debut, based on a best-selling 1930s novel about a family in West Bengal, focuses on the precocious Apu. The little boy learns his place in the world from a young age, watching his family struggle with poverty and illness. Ray said he aspired to reflect the novel’s strengths: humanism, lyricism, and the ring of truth. Pather Panchali ranks alongside other renowned films about childhood such as The 400 Blows, Shoeshine, and Spirit of the Beehive.

Read a New York Times article on the restoration of the Apu Trilogy.


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Director
Satyajit Ray
Released
1955
Language
Bengali with English subtitles
Country
India
Running Time
115 minutes
Format
DCP, B/W