Wednesday, February 24, 2010

PATHER PANCHALI at the Michigan Theater

The Michigan Theater is presenting a World Cinema film series this year, featuring all-time classic movies from across the globe. Next week's feature is PATHER PANCHALI. The date is Monday, March 1 at 7:00 pm. This is a rare opportunity to see it on the big screen, in a period environment.

(India – 1955) The first movie from independent India to attract major international critical attention, Pather Panchali won "Best Human Document" at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, establishing Satyajit Ray as a major international filmmaker. 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. Bengali with subtitles. 122 minutes.

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