Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road) 1955 PG
1.00PM Sat 9 Dec 2017
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
I have the whole thing in my head at all times. The whole sweep of the film. I know what it's going to look like when cut. I'm absolutely sure of that, and so I don't cover the scene from every possible angle—close, medium, long. There's hardly anything left on the cutting-room floor after the cutting. It's all cut in the camera.
Song of the Little Road will screen from a 4K digital restoration.
Satyajit Ray's debut film, Song of the Little Road, takes place across a number of years within a poor household in rural Bengal. Based on Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay's novel, it is a sensitive and poetic story, that explores poverty, class and gender roles with delicate humanism. The first in what would become known as 'The Apu Trilogy', Song of the Little Road, introduces the young, inquisitive Apu while focussing on the three women who shape his life: his elder sister Durga, his frustrated mother Sarbajaya and his impish, elderly 'auntie' Indir.
Ray's characters have a sharp ring of authenticity and each of their relationships is given space on screen to breathe and develop as he affords them complex desires and motivations. The rhythm of daily life has a deliberate slowness and small events, such as a sweet seller passing by the house, fruit stolen from a nearby orchard or the promise of better employment, shapes the lives of the three women. Spread across three generations, they each face challenges unique to their stage in life. The film won India's National Film Award for Best Film in 1955 and Cannes Film Festival awarded the film the Best Human Document in 1956.
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 125 MINUTES, INDIA, BENGALI (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: SATYAJIT RAY / SCREENPLAY FROM THE NOVEL OF THE SAME TITLE BY BIBHUTIBHUSAN BANERJEE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: SUBRATA MITRA / EDITOR: DULAL DUTTA / CAST: SUBIR BANERJEE, KANU BANERJEE, CHUNIBALA DEVI, TULSI CHAKRABARTI / MUSIC: RAVI SHANKAR / PRODUCTION COMPANY: GOVERNMENT OF WEST BENGAL / PRINT SOURCE: ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE / RIGHTS: GOVERNMENT OF WEST BENGAL / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP