18 January, 2021


A few of the film's early reviews in the Western media


Village Voice, Jonas Mekas
Pather Panchali...is most simple...and from the very heart. Specifically, it is about India, but actually it is about everybody. The poetry of the film transcends its locality and speaks to us all.

TIME, October 20, 1958
A luminous revelation of Indian life in language that all the world can understand.

Film Culture, Arlene Croce
Pather Panchali justified placing Ray "among the great humanists of cinema—Flaherty, de Sica, Donskoi, Renoir".

New York Post, Archer Winsten
The picture has a story so universal and simple, it is no story at all.

New York Herald Tribune, Paul V. Beckley
The torture of poverty is exposed with a cunning, if compassionate, scalpel.

New Republic, Stanley Kaufmann
It is fascinating to note how in the most commonplace daily actions—gesturing, walking, carrying a jug—these people move beautifully, how in the poorest home the bowls and platters, the windings of the...



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