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Pathera pān̐cālī Romanized title on disc label: Pather panchali Angel Digital [production] ; citranāṭya, paricālanā, Satyajit̲a Rāẏa ; kahinī, Bibhūtibhushaṇa Bandyopadhyāẏa. , India. - Kolkata : Angel Digital 2004. - 1 videodisc of 1 (DVD) (ca. 120 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

Copyright notice on disc: Angel Digital. Originally released theatrically in 1955. Based on the trilogy by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, Pathera pān̐cālī, Aparājita, Apura samsāra. Summary from: Bengali film directory. Calcutta : Nandan, West Bengal Film Centre, 1999; Sources used: Bengali film directory. Calcutta : Nandan, West Bengal Film Centre, 1999.

Paścimabaṅga Sarakāra prayojita ; music, Ravi Shankar. Paścimabaṅga Sarakāra prayojita ; music, Ravi Shankar.

Kanu Bandyopadhyay, Karuna Bandyopadhyay, Uma Dasgupta, Subir Bandyopadhyay, Chunibala, Runki Bandyopadhyay, Reba Debi, Aparna Debi, Tulsi Chakraborty.

The first film of The Apu Trilogy, it depicts the childhood of the protagonist Apu in the rural countryside of Bengal in the 1920's. Sometime in the early years of the century, a boy, Apu, is born to a poor Brahmin family in a village in Bengal. The father, a poet and priest, cannot earn enough to keep his family going. Apu's sister, Durga, is forever stealing guavas from the neighbour's orchards. All these add to the daily struggles of the mother's life, notwithstanding her constant bickering with old aunt who lives with the family. Durga becomes sick while her father is away, and eventually dies of inadequate medical treatment of pnemonia. The old aunt also dies. The family leaves the village to find a new home in Banaras with the hope for a better life. It is followed by Aparajito, the second trilogy while Apur Sansar also known as The World of Apu is the third and final part.

In Bengali with English subtitles.

President's award, India, 1955, gold medal for best feature film; President's award, India, 1955, silver medal for best Bengali film; IX International Film Festival, Cannes 1956, award for best human document; Edinburgh Film Festival, 1956, diploma of merit; Manila Film Festival, 1956, golden Carbao award; Vatican award, Rome Film Festival, 1956; San Francisco International Film Festival, 1957, first prize; Selznick golden laurel, Berlin International Film Festival, 1957; Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada, 1958, first prize; II Stafford International Film Festival, Canada, 1958, film critic's award for the best feature film; Afro Arts Theatre, New York, 1959, cultural award for the best foreign film shown during 1959; Bodil award for best foreign film, Denmark, 1966; Kinima Jumpo award for best foreign film, Japan, 1966.

Library of Congress -- New Delhi Overseas Office



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