Renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s 1955 classic Pather Panchali has featured in the 50 greatest films of all time list, which was topped by Alfred Hichcock’s thriller Vertigo.
Based on Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s 1929 Bengali novel of the same name, the film was the directorial debut of Ray. It depicts the childhood of the protagonist Apu in the countryside of Bengal in the 1920s.
Though the film featured mostly amateur actors, and was made by an inexperienced crew, Pather Panchali was a critical and popular success. Pather Panchali won “Best Human Document” at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.
With 31 votes Pather Panchali came at the 42 place in the Sight & Sound poll. Some 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors voted the best 50 films from the world cinema in the poll, which takes place once in a decade.