Today at The Clinton: Tuesday, Jan 18

Clinton St. Theater presents PATHER PANCHALI

Clinton St. Theater presents PATHER PANCHALI


Thursday, Jan 27

[Santayjit Ray] is an artist of stature and depth. He has taken the day by day problems of a warm and wonderful family and created a film of far reaching beauty. His mind and camera are always in rapport.

Hortense Morton (Screen Scout), San Francisco Examiner


In its own novel idiom, at once Indian and universal, Pather Panchali has so much more to say than most films... Nor is its eloquence altogether visual. It also has a musical score by Ravi Shankar, to deepen both its moods. and its meaning.

Jay Carmody, Washington Star


Pather Panchali concludes with one of the most extraordinary evocations of grief ever captured on film, a wrenching scene that tears us out of our roles as complacent movie watchers and transforms us into participants.

Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star

pather panchali movie poster
Satyajit Ray
125 minutes

With the release in 1955 of Satyajit Ray’s debut, Pather Panchali, an eloquent and important new cinematic voice made itself heard all over the world.

A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him: his independent older sister, Durga; his harried mother, Sarbajaya, who, with her husband away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly “auntie,” Indir—vivid, multifaceted characters all.

With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery, Pather Panchali, which won an award for Best Human Document at Cannes, is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power.

Special Admission

$5-8 suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds.

$6 TICKET AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE (includes a $1 service fee).