The release of Satyajit Ray’s debut Pather Panchali in 1955 introduced to the world an eloquent and important new cinematic voice. A depiction of rural Bengali life told in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this realistic yet poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us both to a free-spirited little boy named Apu (Subir Banerjee) and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape and define him: his independent older sister; his harried mother, who, with her husband often away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly “auntie”—vivid, multifaceted characters all. With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s constant sense of discovery, the Cannes-awarded Pather Panchali is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power. Music by Ravi Shankar. New digital restoration!